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Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest
I have changed my view on PFD, harnesses, and integrated harness PFD...
Now I do not have hours and hours of offshore experience... but I talk to a lot that do.
After gaining more and more experience, here are my thoughts...
- I wear only a harness 99% of the time (when I feel the need) including sleeping while underway. If sheet hits the fan and I am needed on deck, last thing I need to be doing is getting on the harness.
- Wearing a PFD with Harness makes the above pretty much impossible
- I would wear a Auto Inflatable over the harness if conditions required.
- In a situation such as offshore and a extended storm is occurring, I am not wearing a inflatable, I am, wearing a Offshore PFD over the harness.
In my view, a harness and proper tether ( I prefer double like the Spinlock) are more important than a PFD in anything but extreme conditions. 99% of the time I would rather be harness & tethered to the boat so I stay on the damn boat and no PFD. PFD at that point just make it easier for them to find your body.
I use my inflatable mostly when in the dingy these days... on the big boat I prefer a harness. And that's only when I think conditions warrant it.
I might add, I feel the same in regards to my children. I prefer them in a harness over a PFD, but not exclusively. If severe weather is occurring, both are justified.
More and more I find Inflatable PFD worthless. If I need a PFD, I am wearing the real deal.
Just my opinion based on experiences and discussions with sailors who have A LOT more offshore time than myself.
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