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Old 08-09-2015, 02:12 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Apophyge View Post
That sounds like a very reasonable off shore set-up. Sailboats all do this but power boaters don't seem to be set-up to clip on when outside the cabin. Nor do power boaters wear their life jackets as much as sail boaters. I advocate wearing the life jacket outside the cabin when offshore, regardless of sea state and clipping on anytime you are outside the cabin when off shore. Did I always do it? Nope. Sometimes I just got lucky and sometimes I just got scared.
We have a "boat rule" that when we go under "the gate" the Mustang Jackets go on. They have a whistle, MOB alert and self activating strobe attached.

Will we wear them from Marina Del Rey to Catalina ? Probably not
I remember my wife's first impression of Southern California waters after rounding the Point with all of her boat experience getting the crap beat out of you with ebb currents against the swell in and outside the SF bay. "This is like a lake"
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