Neild - sympathies on your accident & injury , but glad you walked away to be able learn from it & well done for sharing it so we can all learn from it.
I know how you feell now (ish) as I came out of my ringo at 25knts 2 weeks ago & are still having trouble lying on my left side & using my left arm fully ! - I was wearing an PDF full of nice soft foam to cushion me as I bounced twice off the water ( or so I have been told !).
My watch also came undone but I managed to save it before it fell off my wrist - luckily its insured anyway.
I would go out today or get on the internet & order auto-jackets ASAP. I imagine your pilot mate would have been able to get a mayday out to a very good standard given his pilot training, handling the boat however can take a bit more experiance & can understand your want to be sure that the prop wont finish you off after the 1st round.
I keep a spare kill cord round the wheel so its obvious if needed - but only point it out to what I feel are epxerianced helms - if they aren't they can paddle towards me !
Sounds like you have been a lucky guy - still lesson learned, change / improve a few things and off you go again. I keep a spare kill cord round the wheel so its obvious if needed - but only point it out to what I feel are epxerianced helms - if they aren't they can paddle towards me !
Seems like this a classic ' nice weather ' accident - ie its nice and sunny , calm , What can go wrong ? Maybe why you dont see lifejackets etc being worn as much in hot countrys as you relax in the sun.
As for lifejackets on yachts - still a definate requirement in my view- lots of big hard heavy things swinging around & stuff to hit on your way down - we worry about hitting heads on consoles - think about what you can hit on a boat without big soft tubes all the way round !
Still - to cheer you up - I hade a great night out yeasterday !- Yarmouth a few drinks with mates & then back at 10.30 ish in the dark - wont be long & you'll be back out doing the same .