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Re: First time on the water today, I could use some advice!
Before you go out on the water,always bringing a floatation device...
I strongly recommend always WEARING a pfd - don't just have it with you. If the boom knocks you out and you fall overboard, having the pfd sitting in the cockpit may not do you much good.
This is doubly true for a 14' boat...and even more important for an inexperienced/untrained sailor, given the likelihood of making a costly mistake.
There is a guy who came here last September for advice (I know his name and userID, but won't identify him here). He went out and bought a mint condition Flying Scot (refurb direct from manufacturer) and took it out last fall. On his very first time out he capsized and needed a rescue boat to come get him. He had rented several boats before, up to 25' long, and thought he knew what he was doing. From talking to him online, I
thought he knew what he was doing! But he capsized, and would have drowned if he didn't have his PFD on.
This kind of stuff happens. Wear your PFD. You'll live to have your family thank you for it.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)