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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

When I sailed the PNW, we wore whole-body immersion suits. I went in the water (it was August) once to cut a line off the prop - after eight minutes, I was unable to climb out of the water using the swim ladder. PFD is going to give you another 30-60 minutes. The immersion suits might buy you eight hours.

In the Chesapeake Bay, I rarely use a PFD. It's like reefing. When I start asking if I should have the PFD/harness on, then I put it on. When solo, yes, always have it on. Night sailing, tethers when leaving the cockpit. Otherwise it is situationally dependant. It is not like seat belts in a car. Even a relatively minor accident in a car can leave one crippled or dead. And, there are too many knuckleheads barreling along just inches away from your car. In general, the mistakes we make on our boats are our own.
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