In Queensland, it is now mandatory to wear PFD's for kids or when crossing a bar. However, the Southport Seaway is apparently (technically) a seaway and therefore not a bar so this rule does not apply.
Our rule is; at night, when on watch (solo) or if someone is concerned due to weather or sea state. Then wear the gear!
When my son was younger, he had to wear his PFD at all times when up on deck/ cockpit etc. At 5 yo, he saw the hypocrisy of him being the only one wearing a PFD - so we all wore one- practice what we preached to him.
We harness short and double so you shouldnt be able to fall over the side and can move from one harness point to another. I dont like jack stays as you will have a long sweep if you are swept off your feet.
I still have to modify the boat as I am not happy yet with anchor & hold points. I probably will never satisfied.
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