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01-08-2013 11:16 PM
melliott0352
Re: wrong color foulies?

I went with the yellow coat and black pants. At least the divers could see me better on the bottom when they come for me after the shark eats my bright PFD!
I favor visability, and red looks black at dusk and after. Grey looks good, but is grey, the prodominate color when I'm wearing foul weather gear. Think what is looks like from a helicopter, because anyone looking for you from the surface is at a great disadvantage. One of those glow sticks you snap to activate on a string, like your whistle on the PFD, you do have one right? a whistle that is. If I do fall overboard the wife has promised to call towboat for a ride home and alert the CG as soon as she gets home that I'm overdue.
01-08-2013 09:58 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: wrong color foulies?

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Originally Posted by paulk View Post
Similarly, one always should avoid wearing jewelry because the glint of light reflecting off metal approximates the glint of light off the scales of fishes, the normal food items of most sharks.
Pity that. I was gunna hang some gold off my dick to pay for the rescue



01-08-2013 08:49 PM
hellosailor
Re: wrong color foulies?

Many of us don't sail in shark-infested waters, so the opinion of sharks is of limited interest.

Coupla grenades on the harness straps will change the eating habits of the rest, easier than buying a new set of foulies. Way cheaper, too. Anybody asks, you just tell 'em that's shark repellant, perfectly legal.
01-08-2013 07:31 PM
paulk
Re: wrong color foulies?

Sorry to burst the bubble: found this online at the Florida Museum of Natural History website (FLMNH Ichthyology Department: What Color Apparel or Gear Should I Wear in the Water To Help Avoid A Shark Attack)
What Color Apparel or Gear Should I Wear in the Water?

Sharks see contrast particularly well, so any high contrast color apparel or gear used by a human in the water is especially visible to sharks. The bright yellow color traditionally used in water safety flotation devices and rafts is readily seen by human rescuers looking for missing persons in the sea and likely is seen easily by sharks as well. As a result, shark researchers laughingly refer to this color as "yum yum yellow!" Should one replace all these devices with more drab colored items? Of course there is a trade-off involved, but most would agree that the benefit of increasing one's chances of being rescued far outweigh the minimal risk of attracting a shark. By contrast (pardon the pun), divers and swimmers probably can reduce the chance of an interaction with a shark by avoiding bright swimwear or dive gear. I personally prefer to use dark blue or black fins, mask, tank, and wetsuit while diving and make a point of wearing my dive watch under the cuff of my wetsuit, thereby eliminating any chance of light reflection off the face of the watch attracting a shark or barracuda. Similarly, one always should avoid wearing jewelry because the glint of light reflecting off metal approximates the glint of light off the scales of fishes, the normal food items of most sharks.

© George H. Burgess, International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida


I would get the yellow as a preference, and put the Rolex in a pocket.
01-08-2013 04:20 PM
vega1860
Re: wrong color foulies?

A: If they keep you dry on deck they are the right color.

B: Don't fall off the boat.
01-08-2013 04:15 AM
Minnewaska
Re: wrong color foulies?

Yellow is nice. I would go for it, if you like the jacket/price.

It still isn't going to change your world much, if you fall in.
01-08-2013 03:03 AM
groggy
Re: wrong color foulies?

It was all moot anyway. The store emailed saying the carbon jacket was out of stock, as was red, sorry, but would I accept yellow?

I really didnt want yellow, so I cancelled the order. I do like the jacket, so I may reconsider soon.
01-08-2013 12:03 AM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: wrong color foulies?

I like the idea of the AIS thingy each crew member carries. When you go for a swim every boat within 4 nm has you spotted and zeros in so close those leery reflector jackets will be seen.

Still too expensive at $300+
01-07-2013 10:48 PM
SchockT
Re: wrong color foulies?

My foulies are red, and the jacket has a bright yellow hood with reflective tape on it. The jacket's sleeves also have reflective bands on the cuffs. I have a hard time believing that it won't make any difference to my visibility if I am in the water waving a red reflective arm in the air!

When I was with the coast guard auxiliary we were doing a night search for some missing divers. There was a small aluminum boat with a reflective stripe over a kilometer away, and our handheld spotlights lit up that stripe like a strobe! Every bit of visibility helps when people are trying to find you!
01-07-2013 04:41 PM
hellosailor
Re: wrong color foulies?

"Don't worry honey, it comes with life insurance".

If you've ever tried to spot anything in a choppy sea with whitecaps or spray, I would suggest color matters. There's an old argument that yellow and red can be mistaken for sunset reflections late in the day, but dark colors just won't get seen.

OTOH if you are wearing a nice bright PFD at the time you go overboard, the jacket won't be seen under the PF so the jacket color won't matter. The idea of a bright jacket is to stack the odds in your favor. Fall off an end dock and bang you head on the way into the water, and I suppose the odds of someone seeing you go up a little if you are in a bright color. Obviously bright colors don't help a lot. You never notice the guys wearing DayGlo camo jackets, do you? See? The bright colors just don't get seen much better than the dark ones.

Yes, i have a red jacket and a yellow one. The winter pants are from a camping supplier, and they're plain woodlands camo GoreTex that were too cheap to ignore. I figure if THAT'S the end of me that's out of the water, I've got bigger problems.
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