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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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I guess I'm just not so sure I would be pulling out a knife to cut something, a tether for example, with an inflated PFD? Seems like a bad idea

The one Minniewaska points out though is interesting
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Sorry for the slow response... I've been off not wearing my life jacket :-)

Sorry Down, I guess we are destined to butt head here.

Your edit: "Nice attempt at a guilt trip. I see a great future for you in life insurance sales.... (honestly!). " [/QUOTE]
I kind of resent that you edited my statement so it appears that "honestly!" applies to something that it clearly didn't. Are you going into competition with Smack?

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It is a very serious matter. Down
No it's not. Life itself is not serious. If you take it too seriously, the joke is on you. We are all going to die... every one of us.

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Hopefully the consequences of an avoidable drowning accident are never something that you have to confront. Down
Too late for that, unfortunately - see what making assumptions can do for you? North sea at night and not missed until the next watch. To my surprise, the body was recovered three days later. A life jacket would have been useless and anyway, this was in the days when nobody put on a life jacket until you were sinking. kellysails was right about one thing - had he been wearing a life jacket he would have probably died of hypothermia rather than drowning.

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The crack about "life insurance" is thoughtless, at best. Down
Not really. A cheap shot maybe but it was an attempt to poke fun at the absurd, gilt laden accusation that anyone who didn't agree with kellysail's point of view was being abusive to their loved ones.

It's summer! we should be sailing rather than bitching at each other, eh?
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kellysails was right about one thing - had he been wearing a life jacket he would have probably died of hypothermia rather than drowning.
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ha,,, whew! I was worried I had it all wrong, now I feel better, thanks!
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...(to wear an inflatable PFD) you can dramatically reduce the risk of death should you happen fall into the water"
A very bold statement. Do you have any facts to back that up? A lot of people have fallen in without life jackets and are still walking about.

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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.
Not really relevant, eh? I guess anyone who doesn't agree with you is just stupid. You just don't get it do you? I'll just take my lack of smarts elsewhere
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It's summer! we should be sailing rather than bitching at each other, eh?
Absolutely, just completed my weekend plans for a meet up in Kingston WA marina. Weather is looking awesome this weekend! Light wind, that just means spinnaker time, fun!
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ha,,, whew! I was worried I had it all wrong, now I feel better, thanks!
We have a name for people with your attitude but I'd get banned if I used it here. May someone important to you drown then at least you'd have a reason for your ridiculous attitude.
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May someone important to you drown then at least you'd have a reason for your ridiculous attitude.
Wow, really? it's just my opinion.
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adieu!!
Whew....this means the unnecessary personal nasty diatribe is over ( grin)
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Once you are sailing in the BVIs, you'll probably shuck your BVD's, let alone your PFDs...
I have heard this is the favored Sailnet technique to prevent people from anchoring too close.
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