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post #145 of Old 07-16-2013
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket? So here's one for you...

I wear my inflatable vest like I wear a seatbelt. It's pretty much automatic and very automatic if I'm out alone. I also wore it automatically when racing; not everyone chose to, but no one made fun of me or anything like that either.

Last week I was invited to go out on a good friend's powerboat. Although I've known him for a long time, I'd never been out on the boat with him before. I automatically planned to put on my inflatable vest, but thought twice about it, wondering if it would make him think I thought he was incompetent if I showed up wearing a life vest, so I left the vest in the bag. The trip was completely uneventful and he was in every way a competent seaman, but I'm curious; what would you have done in this circumstance - wear the vest or not?
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