Originally Posted by sailingfool
Also my understanding is that older adults have a high chance of physical shock related to heart dysfunction from sudden immersion in cold water, regardless of how otherwise healthy they may be. Thus the auto-inflatable should always be part the kit of every well dressed older sailor (and not a bad idea for younger, who of course get more leeway on stupid...)
Don't fall off the boat. Tethering, tethering and tethering.
I once crewed with a Captain. He said: You all ladies, I am not going to turn around to pick you up. He then threw a sheet of paper towel into water. He asked: Do you see the paper towel? No, just less than 30 sec. The paper is gone.
MOB always happens in the worst moment, it never happens in a calm sea. He is not joking.