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Originally Posted by johnshasteen View Post
My two sailing pals and I with a combined total of over 100-years of sailing, much of it spent sailing offshore, never wear PFD's - we wear Lycress three strap harnesses with two tethers (so you can move from one attachment point to the next without being disconnectd from the boat) and our Type One PFD's stay with the abandon ship bag, ready to put on and step into the life raft as the boat sinks.
We have been through two Force 10 storms - still only harnesses. Why harnesses? Because, when you're in 50-60 knot winds and 30-foot seas, if you get separated from the boat, you're gone. Hundreds miles from land, even a Type One PFD isn't going to do much for you, when the boat can't get back to you.
i appreciate your experience and opinion, but the vast majority of boaters' typical outings are not offshore in 60 kt winds and 30 ft seas.

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