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Are we doing it wrong?

We always put on our foul weather jacket on first, followed by our harness/life vest. If you have fallen into the water with your foul weather gear, you know how heavy it is and impossible to move around. Your thought would be taking off your foul weather gear to save yourself, but your life vest is in the way. Taking off your Life vest is risky unless you are in calm sea.

Forward thinking, put on life vest first, and followed by foul weather jacket. You can lost your jacket any time you need if it becomes necessary.

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Re: Are we doing it wrong?

If your life jacket is keeping you afloat with your foulies on and it should, why would you care?


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last time i was solo for brief stint down to santa cruz i had the harness under...felt great and I could layer and unlayer easily

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If your life jacket is keeping you afloat with your foulies on and it should, why would you care?
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Re: Are we doing it wrong?

If I fall off the boat with tether is on, with the wet heavy jacket I will only have very limited mobility and diminished strength. I will not be able to make it up to boat. I need to lose the jacket and pant to get back on the boat.


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If your harness is under your jacket, how do you propose to clip in?

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last time i was solo for brief stint down to santa cruz i had the harness under...felt great and I could layer and unlayer easily
Good to hear. I have been doing this when I solo or on nite watch since lat year. I did the Safety at Sea training two years ago and found that with the wet foul jacket, I wouldn't make out.

In fact, I stop wearing life vest, but wear my safety harness. The inflated life vest will also hinder of my movement. I want to buy a manual inflate life vest. I don't like auto inflate knowing what I know now and how I will use it.


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Re: Are we doing it wrong?

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If in a cold area maybe its better to keep the foul weather kit on under the life jacket.

But yes for getting out of it and onto the boat it would be more difficult. But my default method to get a MOB up is hoisting them on the main halyard.

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If your harness is under your jacket, how do you propose to clip in?
I zip part way, and the jacket has a wind flap tab with Velcro. It works OK. BTW, I seldom wear foul weather pants for the area I sail in.


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Re: Are we doing it wrong?

well for light cruising and stuff and light wether the teather just goes under the foulie jacket out the bottom if you will

for heavy weather and rain and crap its kind of unavoidable that it has to be over you...

the lighter and tighter fitting the better for me

there are definitely bad cumbersome and loose fitting tethers out there

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