So now part of your reasoning is to buy PFDs to "support the marine industry". WTF is wrong with the facking Left Coast in this country? Enforce safety rules inside your own gunwales, and leave "stimulating" the marine industry to the market.You just contradicted yourself. You say you're amazed at the MOB's in WLIS regardless of wind yet think a PDF rule sucks? Can't follow the logic. In the past three years in SF Bay I've seen exactly one MOB and it was on a j105 where a guy got launched and the video was caught on youtube and posted here on SA. And I race, a lot. Basic facts are the water is cold, 58 degrees year round, the wind blows a good part of the year and there have been deaths in the past that a pfd could have prevented.I'm always amazed at how many MOB's there are on WLIS during a regatta.....regardless of wind strength. Didn't realize there was a mandatory PFD rule on SF Bay. Hate to say it but that sucks.It's a wonder there isn't a wind speed where they become required in WLIS. I know this argument has been beaten like a dead horse. Maybe boat owners could institute their own? Is wearing an auto inflate fanny pack all that cumbersome? From years of experience, an easterly or puffy NW is when most of the shit hits the fan and there is most risk for an accident/ MOB. Seems like a no brain er to put one on and go racing. Then again a public viewing is much better than empty casket.Wonder if everyone will have pfds this weekend!
Shit, places like SF Bay they are required, no questions asked, not exceptions. That's a 24/7 365 rule here. We've all adapted and it's a non-issue even in the winter where the wind is lightest.
So what's the discussion/ conclusion? At a certain point do we institute a rule requiring pfd's, do we require them and everyone supports the marine industry with purchases, do we just deal with the inconvenience (however slight it might be) of wearing one, or do we continue to take chances when there is an amazing number of MOB's regardless of wind strength.
Look, I'm in support of freedom to do whatever but how many people could we not lose to something so simple as drowning. Having known JEB and C, both who drown, I just hate to lose another friend/ sailor. Fair winds and great competition to everyone the next two weekends!