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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Derry, NH
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?
I have a Revere auto-inflate w/ harness. We have two West Marine auto-inflate vests w/o harness on board and 6 cheapo orange yoke vests.
I wear mine less than half the time:
Sailing w/ inexperienced crew
If I'm out with someone that can handle a boat and the weather is nice, I don't wear it.
I leave PFD use to the discretion of my guests.
I sail off the coast of Maine where the water is chilly; my brother and I often say (when our wives are ashore) that PFDs are important because it is nice for a memorial service to have a focal point.
It could be argued that I should only wear one when I'm out with experienced crew:
1. I stand a chance of being rescued.
2. If I haven't been treading water for 10 minutes, I could better assist in my rescue.
1978 Bristol 29.9 #122
Testing a mother's love since 1962
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