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Old 10-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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Who Wears Safety Gear?

I insist that we wear hydrostatic auto inflators when doing any type close maneuvering, such as docking, and when we go outside the inlet to the ocean no matter what the conditions are.

Anyone else do this?
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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No, but I promised the Admiral that I'll wear an inflatable PFD when out of the salon while underway when boating solo (e.g. setting fenders, lines, antennas). I remember to do that about 90% of the time.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #6
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Only when is rough out, otherwise nope.
Always in the dinghy......
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:40 PM   #8
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Yep. It's the only way that I can get Lou to wear one. I want her in one when she is out on deck. Things like locking, fast current, and offshore are where we both wear them.

By the way, don't store them in a high humidity area like an exterior locker. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:00 PM   #9
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PFDs have their place. They may offer a degree of comfort, but don't think for a moment it's a life saving guarantee - take it from someone that almost died underwater while wearing a really expensive one

...better to not let things get that far...

Pop Quiz: You're at the helm when someone discovers that a person on board may be missing. Lets say you don't have a chart plotter, or that it's not turned on. What's the VERY FIRST THING you do??
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All are "normally" seated in the cockpit for docking/close quarter maneuvering. Life jackets are never worn in the cockpit unless my boys are preparing to go on deck, usually for anchoring. I personally have never worn one aboard.
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My wife and I wear a very comfortable type III that includes a whistle, pocket rocket flare, dye pack, mirror, small light, and utility knife when cruising on the outside or in Tampa bay--sometimes on the ICW. They also go on during foul weather or rough seas. We are both strong swimmers but I'd rather be safe.

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No. But trying to train ourselves to use them when using the dinghy. Not doing do well so far.
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PFDs have their place. They may offer a degree of comfort, but don't think for a moment it's a life saving guarantee - take it from someone that almost died underwater while wearing a really expensive one

...better to not let things get that far...

Pop Quiz: You're at the helm when someone discovers that a person on board may be missing. Lets say you don't have a chart plotter, or that it's not turned on. What's the VERY FIRST THING you do??
Yell MAN OVERBOARD!
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We've got ski vests and Type-I's. Ski vest goes on when cruising solo/calm on the deck, Type-I's go on if weather ugly and on deck. We'll keep them out in the cabin if very ugly. Our Type-I's have high reflectors and whistles.
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Speaking of safety, have you seen the remote engine stop device that you can wear and stop your boat if you fall in. Seems cool. Requires shutdown solenoid not pull cable like my old engines.
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Yes, when setting anchor, docking, generally when on deck. As well always in the dingy regardless of the distance travelled. Bill
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #17
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Speaking of safety, have you seen the remote engine stop device that you can wear and stop your boat if you fall in. Seems cool. Requires shutdown solenoid not pull cable like my old engines.
Whoa. No. Freaking. Way.

I have not seen that. But how awesome. Very clever.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:20 PM   #18
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We wear auto inflatables as long as the boat is in motion. Annoying at times, but better safe than "wishing we had". Frankly, I think we are the only ones in our marina that use PFD's.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #19
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I use operational risk management whenever I get underway.

Having helped write it for DoD an d USCG I feel very comfortable with the way it affects my decision making....it's second nature.

Absolutes are for situations where one's decision making or reactions could be adversely affected. But you can factor those situations in and many other issues accordingly.

Some captains make a big deal about certain things when the reality is as long as they are accounted for in a plan...then you "manage risks" as your experience, gear, crew and environmentals allow.
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Yell MAN OVERBOARD!
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Hint: it's something you do, not say....

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