Re: Boating Alone
Always do the life jacket thing! Many moons ago my BFF bought a boat that tried to kill us on more than a few occasions......notably, a dusk 'cruise' on Tampa Bay one fine evening. The POS craft died for the umpteenth time not too far outside one of the main shipping channels. Whilst we were trying any and all manner of "CPR" techniques we drifted into the path of a rather large freighter......shortening the story some.....we took a glancing blow off the bow (ya think they'd be watching the 'road' for stalled traffic!) nearly un-assing all of us from the SS Minnow. In this instance we had time enough to don the life jackets.
A few weeks later we were caught in the Gulf by one of those famous Florida afternoon storms. Trying to speed back to the shelter of the Intecoastal we went through, yes THROUGH, a rather large wave which not only removed most all of the widshield, windows, deck trim, and such, but also two of our passengers....sans life jackets! It was truly by the Grace Of God that we were able to get to a point where we could not only locate them, but pick them up.
In what seemed like an eternity looking for them in 4 to 6 foot swells my mind kept going back to the fact that we thought we were in no need of life preserving paraphenalia 'cause we'd survived a boatload of (mis)adventure on the high seas.
Life jackets are sorta equitable to seat belts, sure they may be uncomfortable and dorky, BUT!, you only need it once! And during the events that lead up to that once, you ain't gonna have time to stop and think and put it on.......
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