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Old 06-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #21
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You can get hypothermic in 80-90 degree water. The ideal situation is get out if the water. Huddle and H.E.L.P.

Raft is ideal. Combo is best. Know your boating grounds.

Wet suits are suitable.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:55 PM   #22
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Getting into a liferaft can be very difficult, even during training in a swimming pool and even for the strongest of us.

Then add the cold water, waves and wind and I begin thinking that the survival suits would be better than liferafs. Obviosuly - having both would be the best.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:03 AM   #23
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I see it as a personal decision, rather than a right or wrong.
I make short offshore trips with only life jackets, wet suits and an epirb in my 30 footer. No survival suits, liferaft, radar etc.
Sure-theres a risk. Im ok with that.
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I see it as a personal decision, rather than a right or wrong.

Gee my post seems to have been misplaced ... it is more than just a personal decision if others are onboard who may or may not know the risks and alternatives.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #25
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I've got to agree with RickB - your responsibility for the safety of your crew is paramount.
Doing a Sea Survival course certainly informed and refined my ideas about equipment systems and safety procedures on board. Worth every penny.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:14 AM   #26
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... your responsibility for the safety of your crew is paramount.
It appears that not many here share that view.


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Doing a Sea Survival course certainly informed and refined my ideas about equipment systems and safety procedures on board. Worth every penny.
That makes you one of the very few here who can speak from some degree of experience or training.
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