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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

You can do whatever you want...

But I wear my PFD with light and whistle when underway and I don it before I leave the dock. I take it off when in the cabin unless it is just a duck-in to get or check something and when at anchor (my swim ladder is always deployed while at anchor).

I always wear it when in my dink.

And anybody who sails with me in my boat follows the same rules.
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The point that I'm trying to make is that there is no right or wrong answer here - we all draw the line in a different place.
That is true. It is a respected right, for sure.

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Nice attempt at a guilt trip. I see a great future for you in life insurance sales.... (honestly!).
Not an attempt to "guilt trip" anyone. Just a thoughtful reflection on real possible consequences.

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Laugh! Far safer than taking this too seriously.
It is a very serious matter. Hopefully the consequences of an avoidable drowning accident are never something that you have to confront. The crack about "life insurance" is thoughtless, at best.



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harness alone is a good option, and one I'm also considering.
That is what I do most of the time. Clip in as soon as I clear the slip. My set up, jack-lines and tether length, varies with conditions and type of trip. The bottom line is "do not go over the side" not just "stay attached to the boat". About the only time I am not clipped in is when I am on the bow to raise the anchor in calm conditions and walk back to the cockpit and then clip in. Rough conditions I maintain the tether or a damn good hold at all times unless I am below. Short tethers can be a pain but you learn to work around it. I have gotten so used to the harness I feel naked without it. I add my pfd with strobe and whistle for offshore and very rough conditions.
I have set up the MC for single-handing as that is how I sail most of the time and she has wide side decks, high toe rail, good hand holds and lifelines. But even with crew I try to follow the same rules.
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I agree 100%! Where I suspect we differ is in the definition of "needlessly risk". For some just going out on a boat is needless risk - should we all just stay in bed?
Maybe the right phrasing here is "with a very small effort (to wear an inflatable PFD) you can dramatically reduce the risk of death should you happen fall into the water"

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Nice attempt at a guilt trip. I see a great future for you in life insurance sales.
Ha, I spent my career going from one high risk startup to the next. I prefer high risk/high reward scenarios. The ability to measure risk and mitigate some of the risk with little effort is just smart.
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On the other hand knowing it's going to cost you $50 to re-arm your Mustang would be a good incentive to keep the boat upright

I second kellysails, the kayak-cut PFDs work better for dinghies, plus they have pockets and such.
Yeah but that takes all the fun out of it. I equate it to my philosophy on skiing. If you donít fall once in a while, you were not trying hard enough. The best way to get better is to push yourself to try things youíve never done. (within reason of course).
Thanks for the advise, I think a Kayak vest is the way to go.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I will add that more than a few people have been lost (IE DROWNED) while their boat was tied to the dock! I am always very cognizant of this fact when I'm getting on/off the boat, esp. since I'm usually carrying something. Make sure you know where a dock ladder is. Your marina DOES have a ladder nearby right?

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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

How many carry a knife with your inflatable PFD?

Now there's a conundrum

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I do wear a life jacket/inflatable with sailing knife, strobe light,VHF radio, laser flare, the whole ball of wax. (whistle too) Let me tell you why. One lovely evening I was sailing back from Annancapa Island without a life vest. The wind was fading but there was still a nice little swell coming in about every 8-9 seconds apx 3 ft. I was standing on the cockpit seats when a rather large wave came rolling through and I lost my balance and fell full force against the life lines. They held but I thought if I had fallen just a foot or to higher I would be overboard looking at a 4-5 mile swim in fading light in mid 60's water temps. Not good. It was mid week so there were no other boats in sight except for a distant freighter trucking North at about 20-25 kts. How could they have seen me fall? They couldn't. Any way, I do wear it all the time and this is just one reason why.

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How many carry a knife with your inflatable PFD?

Now there's a conundrum
I always have my folding knife in my pocket while sailing, but this is the one that is attached to the inflatable pfd.



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I do wear a life jacket/inflatable with sailing knife, strobe light,VHF radio, laser flare, the whole ball of wax. (whistle too) Let me tell you why. One lovely evening I was sailing back from Annancapa Island without a life vest. The wind was fading but there was still a nice little swell coming in about every 8-9 seconds apx 3 ft. I was standing on the cockpit seats when a rather large wave came rolling through and I lost my balance and fell full force against the life lines. They held but I thought if I had fallen just a foot or to higher I would be overboard looking at a 4-5 mile swim in fading light in mid 60's water temps. Not good. It was mid week so there were no other boats in sight except for a distant freighter trucking North at about 20-25 kts. How could they have seen me fall? They couldn't. Any way, I do wear it all the time and this is just one reason why.

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Nothing like staring your own mortality in the face to focus your decisions. Your loved ones are better off, too. Thanks for the clear example.

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