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The inflatables are super comfy. We ALWAYS wear ours when not below. It really doesn't make sense not to.

(PS - If you can comfortably swim 10-20 miles in your waters, you should be fine.)
You fibber, I have seen a couple of photos of you sailing and not a life jacket ion sight.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I wear one when the situation calls for it. Bar crossing, bad weather, and as it has a built in harness when working on deck and always at night when out of the cockpit.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Not only do the wife and I wear ours, we insist all guests wear one as well!
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

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I was thinking about getting a life jacket ...
Just curious. You don't say that you are getting "another" or "different" life jacket. Do you not have any on board now?
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Not only do the wife and I wear ours, we insist all guests wear one as well!
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Brilliant! Iwas looking for a way to reduce the number of people that want to come sailing with us.

Truth is, I wouldn't leave the Bay with guests in conditions I felt required PFDs.
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You fibber, I have seen a couple of photos of you sailing and not a life jacket ion sight.
I got a little chuckle out of this too.

I'm sure Smacky was trying to set a good example for the kids that read the forum. But, when you link your own blog with pics of yourself to your post, you should presume people read'em.

Best not to fib at all. Second best is not to be good at it.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

My daughter is home on leave (Navy Corpsman) and she is giving me a hard time about going to handle the main and set the anchor without one. I will be heading to West Marine for a couple auto inflates before she heads back to Italy.

It is good practice after all
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

The proportion of responders who state they always wear/never leave the dock without wearing them is contrary to my observations during my 53 years on the water. I don't think I have seen 1% of people routenly wear them, this includes Coast Guard, DEP, and Marine Police. . My method is : 1. going offshore the jack lines are strung 2. only person on deck pfd/harness worn and clipped on to one of the padeyes in the cockpit 3. in any kind of weather going forward pfd/harness clipped to jackline 4 weather kicking up pfd/harness worn and clip on to cockpit padeye before you clear the companionway
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

You don't have to leave the dock to need one.
I lost a good friend last weekend at Block Island. He fell out of the boat at the mooring during the night. The crew were asleep and no one heard anything. When the got up in the morning his stuff was there but he was gone. They found him floating a few hours later.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I wear one when single handing offshore, along with a harness. I have worn one a few times when ocean racing in rough weather. Nothing like reefing a working jib in a gale on a 30 footer at night with green water coming over the bow!

But generally I don't wear one. I always have them within reach. Went kayaking around the harbor yesterday pfd tucked behind the seat.

After reading this thread I am going to look into an inflatable and think about wearing it when single handing in my home waters of Long Island Sound. I do disagree with the OP though, I think that throughout the summer the water is warm enough here to survive for quite a while.
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