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I agree with the others wear your PFD outside your foul weather gear.
While you could get away with doing what you are doing for a while (maybe for your entire sailing career) without consequence, many accidents result from a series of seemingly trivial mistakes and shortcuts that end up shaving away the margin of error/safety until one is left a very untenable situation or with only a range of bad choices. This just seems to me to be something that could really come back and bite you in the a$$ at a very bad time.
Everybody takes risks and has to make decisions in the light of incomplete and/or imperfect information but those risks and decisions have a much better chance of working out well when the decisions made and actions taken leading up to that point are the best that your circumstances will allow.
Just my $0.02, FWIW
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
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