Originally Posted by Silverbeard
I tell those who are sailing with me for the first time that the purpose of lifelines is to let you know that you have just left the boat.
The USCG did Anglophone cruisers a favor when they imposed the relatively neutral term PFD
(for personal floatation device, or personal flotation device should you be orthographically so inclined) instead of the euphemisms 'life-belt', 'life-preserver', 'life-vest', 'life-buoy', 'life-ring', 'life-saver' etc.
The points being that:
* PFDs are just as good as floating a corpse as a live person; and
* we need to recognise that risks exist and devices are just ways of managing risks, not eliminating them.
Perhaps time we came up with a new moniker for the little ring fences we erect around our decks.
Perhaps VFD, vessel fence device?
And that might free more cruisers:
1. to consider the practices of the Pardeys and others of erecting temporary lines at hip or shoulder height (from memory, the Pardeys sometimes ran lines from their boom gallows to their shrouds when offshore
, giving them a temporary fence line close to shoulder height).
2. to adopt jacklines
and harnesses routinely.