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Old 30 September 2016, 16:43   #51
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....how many do or do not carry a lifebuoy - I've always considered having one on board an important bit of safety kit.
I have to carry a brace of SOLAS 24" life rings and I could see them far enough - b@st@rd things!

As all my PAX wear LJs, I reckon I'd manage without those WAFI catchers of yours - but whatever floats yer MOB I always say....
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Old 30 September 2016, 17:03   #52
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I assumed only people who were coded carried them?
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Don't carry them... But ours is left on a mooring so would disappear if we did. And I can't be bothered taking them out each time. LJs for everyone plus a spare.

... Could always throw one of my toddlers in their buoyancy AIDS at a WAFI with a rope attached! LOL
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Don't carry them, never seen the need or even considered them. Just something else to get in the way.

As for drowning WAFIs, that's what a boat hook is for👍
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I have to carry a brace of SOLAS 24" life rings and I could see them far enough - b@st@rd things!

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And can you imagine how enthralled the victim will be after you've knock his front teeth out or given them a black eye with one of those damned things......

This seams like stating the obvious, but why bugger about with floats.

They might be relevant on a ship when the deck's 20 feet up but in a rib..........get them out the water.
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however when I need to rescue some poor knocked overboard wafi, or mis-guided soul from a sinking Fletcher/Bayliner, tired cross channel swimmer etc..... it might come in handy:

If your a dedicated rescue/standby boat then I can understand carrying them, if your not then no chance ....
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By the time you've fafffed about getting the bouy from its stowage, got the boat in a position to throw it, hopefully hurled (how far can you throw one from a rolling rib, 10m??) it with a degree of accuracy that lets the casualty grab it & then come along side to recover the victim. You might as well just pull up to the casualty in the first place & grab him by the scruff if the neck & pull him in.
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Don't carry them, never seen the need or even considered them. Just something else to get in the way.

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If it's a proper WAFI guess you would use the sharp end 😉
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Stunning looking new toy :-)

I have a couple of these - only used to practice and fortunately never used in anger. Useful if you cant get the boat near enough ,,, maybe ?

Balcan Emergency Life Line - BELL - The Balcan Emergency Life Line - Balcan

You can definitely throw these further and more accurately than a standard line
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I have a couple of these - only used to practice and fortunately never used in anger. Useful if you cant get the boat near enough ,,, maybe ?
Balcan Emergency Life Line - BELL - The Balcan Emergency Life Line - Balcan
You can definitely throw these further and more accurately than a standard line
Thanks Jeff,
I have one of the BELL throwing lines....must be 30 years old now, inherited when my father stopped sailing.
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