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It's not that I am a Nervous Nelly

LOL. Being a Nervous Nelly has nothing to do with it.

"Shit happens"

I'm a certified chicken of the sea. My ditch system incluudes a longboard, a full wetsuit (the water in SoCal is warm enough that there is time to suit up , even in the water) and a 406 Epirb and a submerge-proof handheld VHF with an akaline battery pack, and enough pyrotechnics (handheld, and day-smoke and meteors) to recreate the 4th of July.

I can sit on a longboard in a full wetsuit and pop a meteor every 3 minutes for a long long time.

If I were in the land of frigid water and killer logs, rather than merely cold water and occassional debris I'd definitely have some kind of full suit and wear it when running. Peel it off when fishing, but for the long hauls or running in the dark, on it goes.

I also have a sailors safety harness that clips into a tether, as opposed to the sailers jackline. It short stops me at the transom so IF I am singlehanding and trip while checking something at the rail or transom I can't go overboard and watch my hull fade disappear over the very short horizon.

I tripped last month, but only turned an ankle on the bait slammer hatch. First time for everything.
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