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According to the Safety At Sea seminar, the leading cause of serious injury on a boat was the boom... the leading cause of fatalities was falling in the water... even very experienced sailors will have trouble once they're in the water...
Going in the water intentionally, especially if you are single-handing or sailng short-handed, strikes me as extremely short-sighted. There are many things that could happen, that would make it difficult or impossible to get out of the water, and back on the boat. If the water is cold enough, it can cause hypothermia, and that can cause weakness, loss of dexterity, and poor judgement, all at once... If you've forgotten to put the swim ladder down before diving in...you might be in serious trouble... Don't laugh, this happens more than you'd think. And the list goes on, and on.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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