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PDFs and Harnesses Make Sense
I shot this photo of my friend Tim Robinson hamming it up for the camera after this inflatable PFD automatically inflated when he was hit by some heavy spray on deck during a run we were making from the Chesapeake Bay to the BVIs aboard his Hylas 54 Thumbs Up. The question is whether we should wear PFDs and harnesses all the time when we are at sea. I grew up in the old school and seldom have worn PFDs in anything but truly stormy weather. I have always worn a life harness when working on deck at night or in rough seas. These days, the development of light weight, unobtrusive automatically inflatable PFDs with built in harnesses, it only makes sense to have one for each crew member on board and to wear them judiciously. Also, the tether and clip at its end are your vital links to the boat. Standard spring loaded clips can self-open when twisted sideways. Our preference is for double-action clips, like the one’s made by Wichard, that can’t self-open. Be safe out there and wear your inflatable PFD and harness.
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We’ve all had plumbing issues with our boats whether it is a contaminated tank, a clogged pump, a broken ...On April 18, 2018 / By George Day
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