Originally Posted by Jono Garton
I personally think its a vital bit of kit as when on the water as a professional water user you are always a rescue boat.
I carry a leatherman in my pocket and a sharp knife stored on board and for general boating this is ok in my view and if required as a fellow water user always give assistance, as we all should whether amateur or professional.
As a Trainer of Inshore Rescue Boats for the Royal Life Saving Society UK I carry a rescue knife on a belt as opposed to pfd/lifejacket personal choice also a throw bag is attached to same belt.
General boating the former is sufficient for 99% of the boating community in my view.
The latter 100% of the time for rescue work or safety boat coverage .
I don't have a problem with people wanting a good safety knife but dislike people wearing them for the sake of it and the image it projects.
Have you ever been stabbed it hurts, maybe this just reinforces my thoughts on knives they have a purpose but unless you are engaged in rescue or safety work put the knife away.
In giving assistance to another water user I have time to get to my equipment I also carry a set of bolt croppers on board and a stiffneck collar and comprehensive first aid kit totally unnecessary for the average leisure user I know but it is stored on my boat.
With reference to the kite surfer I though the ropes were made of Dyneema (spelling I know ) and that you could not cut it.
Perhaps I will learn more about that at the kite surfing seminar.