Overall, I agree. I would not go without these safety devices. It got me thinking of the Captain that I hired to go get my boat when I bought her. While I have them all now, they were not aboard for that delivery. It was coastal for nearly 900nm, which is a big difference, but my delivery skipper is definitely a pro and made his own choice that this was acceptable. I don't believe he would have made the same choice for an offshore passage. But still, he did the delivery to RI in May and the water, even 5 miles offshore, is bloody cold that time of year.
In hindsight, I think that was a mistake. But I still consider him a good Captain. He just assessed the risks of a fairly new boat, coastal weather windows, easy comm, etc as acceptable.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.