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Everyone should make year own choice and I'm fine with setting the example each feels important.

But, every boat, every time? Seems hard to believe, is all.
Yup, it's just a joint decision the Admiral and I made. To each their own, absolutely. The acid test will be when we are bebopping between islands in the BVI in 82 degree water with an 85 degree warm wind coming at us. We spent a lot time down there sailing without PFD's. It is an easy decision in the PNW with 47 degree water and swift currents. I think our decision to have the grand kids active on the boat with us as much as possible was our key decision point.

To each their own though. I get it.

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Once you are sailing in the BVIs, you'll probably shuck your BVD's, let alone your PFDs...

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No...
Nope... don't use those either...
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket? So here's one for you...

I wear my inflatable vest like I wear a seatbelt. It's pretty much automatic and very automatic if I'm out alone. I also wore it automatically when racing; not everyone chose to, but no one made fun of me or anything like that either.

Last week I was invited to go out on a good friend's powerboat. Although I've known him for a long time, I'd never been out on the boat with him before. I automatically planned to put on my inflatable vest, but thought twice about it, wondering if it would make him think I thought he was incompetent if I showed up wearing a life vest, so I left the vest in the bag. The trip was completely uneventful and he was in every way a competent seaman, but I'm curious; what would you have done in this circumstance - wear the vest or not?
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I have no problem with anyone wearing a pfd while aboard, despite whether I do. It would never make me feel slighted.


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Re: Do you wear a life jacket? So here's one for you...

Great point.

Interesting situation...I would wear one leaving the dock and again coming back into the dock. And any trips forward on the bow I would toss it on. I think if in the cabin, where most of the time is spent, I would take it off. The powerboaters that I know would smirk a bit "wise ass sailor" they would think but not an issue. They have all seen me come into and leave the dock with one on. I am in the minority in our marina in this regard, maybe 10% at most wear them. It is sensitive though, hmmm.


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I wear my inflatable vest like I wear a seatbelt. It's pretty much automatic and very automatic if I'm out alone. I also wore it automatically when racing; not everyone chose to, but no one made fun of me or anything like that either.

Last week I was invited to go out on a good friend's powerboat. Although I've known him for a long time, I'd never been out on the boat with him before. I automatically planned to put on my inflatable vest, but thought twice about it, wondering if it would make him think I thought he was incompetent if I showed up wearing a life vest, so I left the vest in the bag. The trip was completely uneventful and he was in every way a competent seaman, but I'm curious; what would you have done in this circumstance - wear the vest or not?
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

To each their own...

but no freaking way am I wearing a PFD on the docks...if I have a tendency to fall of the dock (sober), I will stop boating all together! If I can't walk down a dock without being concerned about drowning I have no business being on a boat in the first place.

Of course, I have a motorcycle too...many would not find that a very safe form of travel but I am willing to take the risk with a cautious attitude
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To each their own...

but no freaking way am I wearing a PFD on the docks...if I have a tendency to fall of the dock (sober), I will stop boating all together! If I can't walk down a dock without being concerned about drowning I have no business being on a boat in the first place.

Of course, I have a motorcycle too...many would not find that a very safe form of travel but I am willing to take the risk with a cautious attitude
Jeeze, I meant during the "act" of the boat leaving the dock and arriving at the dock. Not wearing while walking up and down the dock yikes!
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I wasn't necessarily reacting to your post, just a general note to self I suppose

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