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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Hard and fast rule aboard, boat doesn't leave dock unless all are wearing supplied PDF's, whether club racing or weekend sailing. Every couple of years a boat turns up on south shore with the AP engaged and nobody aboard. Likely fell over on a pee break.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I have an inflatable jacket with built in harness, crotch strap and spray hood, that I wear when appropriate. I think it’s up to the individual to determine what their risk tolerance is and what is appropriate for them. There are however, a couple of things that I’d like to put out there for discussion:

How many of us have actually tried out our inflatable jackets? When I tried mine I was surprised at how much it “got in the way” – enough that I bought the adaptor to convert it from automatic to manual. I am a strong swimmer and I wanted the option to swim/climb first with the minimum of restriction and then inflate the jacket if needed. I have no evidence to back this up but I feel that, at least for me, I am more at risk from a restricted ability to self-rescue than the risk of being unconscious and not being able to inflate the life jacket. Ironically it appears that the better the life jacket, the more restrictive it is.

Crotch straps and spray hood are proven lifesavers yet I still see a lot of jackets that are sold (and presumably worn) without them. If you are in a situation where you might have to rely on your life jacket to save your life, why wouldn’t you maximize your odds of survival by having a crotch strap and spray hood?

I’m interested what others think.

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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

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Hard and fast rule aboard, boat doesn't leave dock unless all are wearing supplied PDF's, whether club racing or weekend sailing. Every couple of years a boat turns up on south shore with the AP engaged and nobody aboard. Likely fell over on a pee break.
Absolutely. This is no reason not to. We have invested almost $1000 in the auto-inflatables for all the guests on our boat (8 PFDs)
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

To us it seems very silly not to. We have four Mustang inflatables and usually wear the auto w/o harness. If at the helm alone in anything but benign weather, harness and tether. Bay if Fundy / Coast of Maine - is a tad chilly for anything more than a very quick dip in very hot weather in a very calm harbour.

Got a pretty pink one for Linda a year ago for Christmas. It looks good on her!

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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I always wear my Mustang Auto Inflate. You forget it's there until you lean your head back and it rests on the back. Very comfy. I wish mine had the harness though.. The spinlocks seem major bulky and obtrusive to me vs the mustangs.


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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Couldn't you just clip a tether around the buckle?

What does a spray hood do? Keep your head warm?
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Yes you can clip a tether around the built in metal buckles. Hence why many like the offshore version with the buckles. Then hook the other end of the tether to a metal fitting on the deck, or to typically a 1-2" wide strap along the deck going forward. One on ea side.

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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Spray hood prevents secondary drowning, i.e. waves/spray etc blasting you in the face.

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Oh. I looked at pictures. Has a breathable mask. Makes some sense.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I join the " no, don't wear one unless the boat is sinking" group.

I sailed firstly because I wanted to be outside, in the sun, relaxing with my friends and family. With a life jacket on, no matter what it's form, I feel trussed up ready for a disaster to come along. I get to wondering about tempting fate. And it makes for seriously funny tan lines.

As far as the "inevitable horrible end" coming along, it sure takes it's time, I've been actively sailing for 40 odd years and have never gone over the side yet and have never had any form of incident where I thought "Man, I wish I was wearing a life jacket". Harness yes, life jacket, never.

I'm not going to suggest that folks who wear life jackets on sunny, 12 - 15 knot, flat-sea days are sissies, I just watch their boats going by with an orange hue emanating from the cockpit and I think "He must have a coast guard official or maybe the vicar on board"

To each his own.
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