Originally Posted by zeehag
i avoid the need for them, a sthey are mere guides not life savers per se.... i learned without lifelines on an antique boat...
Which of the figures on deck were you? :-P
I think of life lines as more a conceptual boundary device. Sort of like the rope
corrals you find in banks and the lobby of your local movie
theater. It's a useful device, I see it and I think "stay on this side", and generally I do. If you can't trust yourself not to cross a line, why should you trust anything else to keep you from crossing it?
I've got some more active use from Jack lines, but even then they're really meant more as a last hope than as a the primary device to keep me in the boat. The overall weight of personal responsibility usually does the trick of keeping me aboard, and generally keeps me from having to use my Jack lines overly much (ie. I try not to take to many chances when it comes to crappy weather).
That said, Imagine the worst possible thing you can think of while on your boat. Now chose your own level of safety
, redundancy, and preparedness that makes you comfortable enough that you aren't paranoid, but not so comfortable that you ever forget that your safety is in your own hands, and it'll be your own fault if you go overboard, not a snapped lifeline or safety harness. The minute you think something other than your own hands and your own conscious efforts will keep you safe on your boat is the minute you need to quit boating
. More than likely you'll otherwise drowned by peeing of the stern while looking up at the stars or some other sort of idiocy.
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