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Old 10-15-2002, 08:57 PM
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...a judgement call...

When flying into combat airspace I'd carry my heat and flack vest until it was time to make the donutz...just prior to entering the zone, donning the hardware and kevlar was a signal to my crew that it was time to "go to work" with a proper sense of intensity/urgency and put on the game face...
When venturing out onto open water in the YAK, the PFD is part of the "life support" gear that I rely on.
When the boat is left on the sand I use a 5# anchor to be certain it will be there should I become distracted on the flood...
Good Insurance...but I still constantly check...
Not to minimize concerns but, good judgement, experience, and not pushing my personal comfort envelope has alot to do with a successful sortie.
What happened on the Vinyard was a tragedy but we are dealing with a very unforgiving mistress...
6 "P's"...ProperPlanningPreventsPissPoorPerforma nce!
Every time I go out on the water I do a "Risk Assessment Management" exercise...and safety gear checklists...
If the good does not seriously out weigh the bad, I'll opt to pack it in and try again another day...
Challenges are part of the fun and the reward is relative...
Drop your guard and pay the price.
I don't ever want to be a Darwin Award recipient!

The wind was HONKIN' all weekend...gotta' know when to say NO!
Engage brain before engaging the paddle and you're off to a good start...

Last edited by Penguin; 10-15-2002 at 11:10 PM.
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