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PFDs--all the time?
Since I started sailing (about 6 years ago), I have _always_ worn a PFD in the cockpit and on deck. It''s an inflatable, not too heavy, not too bulky.
It''s a boat rule -- guests wear something too (no inflatables for them, yet).
In Lake Ontario, down and up and down the ICW, around the Gulf Coast, through the Strait of Georgia, good weather, bad weather, under sail, under power --
Why would anyone do anything else?
The same story keeps happening:
"X, a very competent, much-loved sailor,
went overboard and drowned when he
wasn''t recovered quickly enough."
I made my PFD rule in the wake of such an accident in San Francisco Bay, when another racer fell off his boat during a race and died. I figured if it could happen to him, it could happen to me. And I wanted to change the odds in my favor. That''s the best you can do, and it''s also your obligation to loved ones.