Originally Posted by WhiteShark
Sorry I hadn't noticed the replies to this thread. My logic for tying the children in with safety harnesses is that I am much more worried about them bouncing out of the boat on a rogue wave into a cold Solent than I am about the boat flipping and them drowning. Once in the drink, even with warm clothing and a proper lifejacket, you are immediately in a survival situation and. I'd rather avoid that entirely. You'd have to be driving like a complete and utter maniac to flip that boat, whereas it is quite possible that a child could fall out in an unguarded moment even in relatively calm waters. If you look closely the safety lines are of a length that they can't actually fall out of the boat, so no possibility of them being dragged along. I agree that it would be sub-optimal to use them as on a yacht, i.e clipped on as you move around the boat. But that's not what's going on here.
I recon to bounce
a kid out a boat on a proper seat you have to be driving like an idiot too. If the conditions and driving style are enough to make ejection a realistic risk then I don't think you can say flipping is impossible. (And the potential harm on the kids spines is high without being ejected).
I'm not 100% opposed to the idea of tying them in, but only for benign conditions where they might be tempted to wander and slip rather than as a license for the helm to push harder.