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    Default Please do not

    DROWN. A few days ago two Vermonters drowned in Lake Champlain. Both In kayaks, both had life jackets with them, but were not wearing them. Both capsized in a storm, both died. Last night a canoe passed our moored boat with two people, not a life jacket in sight... Please do not be like those people...

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    not a fan

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    You don't need them because you can take five minutes deciding whether you might like to get down into the water or not, you need them because *surprise* some crap happened and now you're suddenly and unexpectedly in the water.
    2019: returning from being sidelined with medical probs, crossing fingers worst is over, still in "armchair enthusiast" mode for time being.

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    I will second the OP - Once upon a time (1957) , my Dad decided we should go boating in Lake Michigan [ with Small Craft Warnings up ], to test a new-to-him outboard motor. He realized the error of his ways when the boat was swamped, and we spent over an hour in the lake. If not for my lifejacket, there would be no 'me', today..

    Rick

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    IMAGINES VEL NON FUERINT

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    When I go down to the one and only pier here there are always people arriving and leaving, small fishing charters, people going back and forth to moored boats in dinghys. And not a pfd in sight except the one I am wearing to head out to my boat on a mooring. This is Southeast Alaska, cold water and strong tidal currents.

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    Willing to bet that they'd never learned to do a wet exit after a capsize.
    You would not enjoy Nietzsche, sir. He is fundamentally unsound. P.G. Wodehouse (Carry On, Jeeves)

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    Did you know that can but personal floatation device that fit and are comfortable and not a PIA to wear?

    Neither did I for years. Once I found the correct size its not so much a PIA to wear.
    I don't cuss much for a sailor - that said, I may cuss to much for a preacher...

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    All those who don't take these precautions have good reason not to.
    "That only happens to other people."
    "True." I reply. "But, we are the other people." (Ya jerk.)
    basil

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