Re: Do Parents Float Better Than Their Kids?
It's interesting to see the ways in which our watercraft and how we use them determine how we view our safety.
As a canoe guy I had mine in the boat but rarely wore it. The boat will never travel far enough away that I can't get to it.
A turning point was when I promised the SWMBO at the time of my boundary waters trip to wear one the entire time I was on the water, no questions asked about how much I spent on the PFD. Now that I have a nice extrasport I wear it a lot more, it has my whistle and river knife attached and a pocket for cigars and fishing gear.
Side note on age, I have had enough close calls to know that anything can happen at anytime, usually fishing for salmon with my dad. Dammed if he will wear a PFD though.
In fact, if you can saw a penciled line, apply glue, drive nails, and bring a modest measure of patience to the task, you can build and launch a smart and able craft in as few as 40 work hours. You need not be driven by lack of tools, materials, skills, or time to abandon in frustration a project you conceived in a spirit of pleasurable anticipation.