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As I climbed aboard at the mooring I realized I had not tied the Avon to the boat. It was slowly drifting away and I decided I could still jump back into it and save myself a bit of work involving a hike from the town dock. Wearing Tevas I launched myself, prepared to absorb the landing with my 60+ year old knees and arrived squarely in the middle of the plywood floor. The knees were fine. I had not thought through how far it was to land flat footed on a sheet of plywood sitting on a non compressible fluid. It may as well have been concrete! The concern that flashed through my mind during my "flight" was that I would go through the floor. That would have been more comfortable. The soles of my feet were bruised for what seemed like weeks! I won't be doing that again.

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Aside from the usual small cuts and bruises, and one bout with blood poisoning from being punctured by a rusty bilge nail, I have not been hurt seriously on a boat. (knocking on wood) I've had commercial fishing boats, sailboats, and various stinkpots over the course of 40+ years. Probably the scariest and potentially lethal situation occurred just a couple of years ago. While below on a moderately rough day I lost handhold and was literally thrown port to starboard in a second, barely missing the deck overhang with my head. I'm convinced that if I were 2" higher, I would have fractured my friggin skull. Made me seriously consider putting on a helmet when it's bouncy. I now keep my whitewater helmet on the boat and think it's a good idea to wear one when the going gets rough.
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I now keep my whitewater helmet on the boat and think it's a good idea to wear one when the going gets rough.

A good plan!

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