Why we've chosen to wear our lifejackets at all time (and our best lifejackets tips)

  • Published on May 22, 2019
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    We haven't always worn our lifejackets at all time when underway, but we do now. In this video, we share with you the reasons why we decided to do so as well as our 4 favorite lifejacket tips!

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Comments • 121

  • Joseph Bloyd
    Joseph Bloyd Month ago

    Does the AIS signal from the MOB-1 also show up on the screens of other AIS equipped boats? Or only on the Atticus screens? Enjoy your videos so very much!

  • Gary Beaumont
    Gary Beaumont Month ago

    Better be safe than sorry 🙂
    09/2019? Time to check/service life jackets or has it already been done 👍

  • Lutz Anton
    Lutz Anton 2 months ago

    I have the same lifejacket, it's expensive, but perfekt 👍

  • sogreyisthenewblack
    sogreyisthenewblack 3 months ago

    great video and good for you!
    do you have a video specifically on your experience with loosing steerage? some of that went over my head but would love to hear more about it.

  • Roy Cox
    Roy Cox 3 months ago

    I remember my first experience of a sailing death was a sailor wearing a life jacket and harness when he fell overboard was dragged until he drowned. All art of the considerations when sailing solo.

  • Dennis Grosen
    Dennis Grosen 4 months ago

    here in DK its mandatory to have life jackets for every one on board though the law don´t say anything about using them
    another good tip is to hook to a safety line that runs for and aft spec. if only one is on watch at a time

    • Ryan & Sophie Sailing
      Ryan & Sophie Sailing  4 months ago

      I believe this is a rule in the US to. Its like a rock climber taking a line with him but just leaving it on the ground. Nice to have but does not help when you need it. Ryan

  • Wayne McPhail
    Wayne McPhail 4 months ago

    Excellent and very important

  • d3w4yn3
    d3w4yn3 4 months ago

    The life you save just might be mine! Thanks for this video!!!

  • Josef
    Josef 4 months ago

    Part of tip number 2 should have been to test them IN THE WATER while you're wearing them. Most people have no idea how I'll fitting their life jacket is until they are in the water and it's not working because it's too loose. The standard vest types have to be so tight that you have difficulty breathing in order for them to keep your head out of the water. When you're drowning is not a good time to discover that.

  • Jack Mayer
    Jack Mayer 4 months ago

    Great infromation, but I would also add one. Those inflatable life jackets are great to wear all the time on deck, but if the weather gets bad and its going to get rough, nothing beats a foul weather off shore type 1 vest. They do not make type 1 inflatables or off shore work. So use inflatables near shore, but type 1 vests on passage making.

  • Supe063
    Supe063 4 months ago


  • Peter Merritt
    Peter Merritt 4 months ago

    Loved this video; I hate regulations saying we need to do this or that, you guys made it real; Ryan story, no issues to wear, humour and great music.

  • Chango de la Porcelaina Canada

    I want to see a how to MOB video w Sophie rescuing Ryan.

  • Scott Tilden
    Scott Tilden 4 months ago

    You should have a check list for lost steering.

  • Scott Tilden
    Scott Tilden 4 months ago

    Good for you guys...

  • warp21drive
    warp21drive 4 months ago

    It's important to choose the right type of lifejacket for the sailing you are doing. As suggested elsewhere in comments jump in with a self inflating jacket to experience it. These high floatations PFD's make it impossible for you to swim or self rescue. You are basically immobilized in the water. Climbing out of the water up the transom or ladder of a pitching boat is very hard with such a bulky jacket on.
    If you get trapped under a capsized small boat the high flotation of these jackets make in impossible to swim down to self rescue. You will have to remove the jacket.
    Wear a lifejacket that matches the sailing you are doing and practice with it so you know what to expect.
    Hi flotation self inflating type jackets are great if there is somebody who is going to rescue you, but as an aid to self rescue there are better choices.
    Sounds like time for additional practical videos!
    Thanks for posting cheers Warren

  • Dave Bee
    Dave Bee 4 months ago

    Thank you for the PSA on wearing them. You guys are great.
    I’m in trouble if that kind of hip action is needed to be safe. ☹️

  • 2Bit Rasputin
    2Bit Rasputin 4 months ago

    Wow. Great story. I wear the lifejacket, because it makes me feel more comfortable. Less to worry about.

  • srq lisa
    srq lisa 4 months ago

    Another suggestion, clip on a knife (in a case of course). If your boat crashes into rocks the chances are you could be tangled up in lines/ropes/sails, but this way you can cut yourself free or your mates. :) Peace

  • srq lisa
    srq lisa 4 months ago +1

    No different then wearing a seat belt in a car accidents happen, people have even drowned between their boat and a dock. I wish more would go by this rule. : ) peace

  • Wayne Hanley
    Wayne Hanley 4 months ago

    Love the humor (and the message of safety first).

  • David C
    David C 4 months ago

    Lol life jacket modeling on the fore deck runway .... Boat Safety Fashion Week

    • Ryan & Sophie Sailing
      Ryan & Sophie Sailing  4 months ago

      Thank you. I hope these are the only occasions I’ll ever see my lifejacket inflated :)

  • steven davis
    steven davis 4 months ago

    Move it,Sophie! You would make a black trash bag look sexy! Oh,baby!

  • bill4nier
    bill4nier 4 months ago +1

    Awesome video guys! Your points are all dead on and yet there are folks who don't wear them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mike McNamara
    Mike McNamara 4 months ago

    Cool, useful, funny video. Thank you.

  • Ian Falconer
    Ian Falconer 4 months ago

    Nice to see the topic of safety addressed head on. We too require all aboard to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever the boat is moving.
    Anyone used to conducting high risk activities just get it. We have had adults and children aboard who refuse. Kids don't get to make that decision. Adults have to verbally agree that they are prepared to self rescue if the meet arises. This is noted in the log.
    We also conduct safety drills. It's never realistic enough but familiarity with your PPE is never a bad thing.

  • Economan
    Economan 4 months ago

    The right thing to do.

  • Christine C
    Christine C 4 months ago

    Great advice. I cringe at some of the wild situations where RU-clip sailors choose not to wear life jackets.

  • Rustie
    Rustie 4 months ago

    Proper seamanship and knowing how to move about the vessel in all conditions is much more important than if you wear a life jacket or not. So many people buy into this safety crap that the government blast you with 24/7 It's like a seat belt in a car will save your life... yeah maybe, but not as much as knowing how to drive and handle a car in the first place.

  • Stephen Fleming
    Stephen Fleming 4 months ago

    Great video folks! Sure made me think.

  • Lotophagi
    Lotophagi 4 months ago

    Big Tick.

    Have a PLB in mine as many of the boats I'm on don't have AIS.

  • Alan B SV C'est Si Bon III

    A couple of things i'd like to add: (1) Most people can swim, but can't swim with their clothes on. (2) On a race recently, a boat with spinnaker up. lost a person overboard, it took 15 minutes to actually get back to the person to pick them up. (3) Best practice to wear the lifejacket when sailing, I am still the only one who wears a life jacket on the boat we race on.

    • Ryan & Sophie Sailing
      Ryan & Sophie Sailing  4 months ago

      Well at least you got the person back on the boat, in most conditions we’ve sailed lately (swells, night, rain...) that would have been extremely challenging :/

  • Sea Travel
    Sea Travel 4 months ago

    Great video! Funny Polar Seal fashion show at end

  • Dave Collins
    Dave Collins 4 months ago

    Thank You for That.

  • Shane Villis
    Shane Villis 4 months ago

    you wear your lifejackets ecause that's how you choose to sail, it's your choice. My choice is not too wear one during the day, unt wear one on night shift. THAT is my choice. If i'm forced to wear one on someone elses oat, then I wont get on that oat

  • Laurent Froggy
    Laurent Froggy 4 months ago +1

    Great advises guys. Love the "fashion show" too ;-) Thanks for sharing and best from HKG

  • Wayne McPhail
    Wayne McPhail 4 months ago

    Great video. Excellent presentation, totally relevant , Thank you.

  • John J Cox III
    John J Cox III 4 months ago +1

    Thank You for presenting a droll subject with humor. As an ex US Coastguardsmen who was involved in numerous rescues in my career, including the Andrea Doria operation, I am appalled at how many "macho" RU-clip cruisers are out on deck without any kind of life saving gear....jackets....harnesses....etc. Keep up the Good Work. I, for one, look forward to Sophie's humor with a purpose! the Old Coastie

  • Neal Birch
    Neal Birch 4 months ago

    great cat walk!

  • Lori Cline
    Lori Cline 4 months ago

    What song are you dancing to at the end?

  • onthebeaches1
    onthebeaches1 4 months ago

    NOOOO...this video didn't inspire me one bit because I'm TOTALLY ON BOARD with EVERYTHING you said. Ü BRAVO! MUCH NEEDED VIDEO! Near the end I was thinking of how to bring up the personal MOB device and then you mentioned it! WHEW! THANK YOU for mentioning that. I feel that should NOT be an option. If someone goes overboard on a ocean passage, you will lose sight of them in less than a minute. All the life jacket will do at that point is keep them afloat longer before they become shark food. Thanks for making a video on this and I wish more peeps (Gone with the Wynn's) would follow this. It would be a sad day to lose anyone overboard!! Ü

  • Richard Chasse
    Richard Chasse 4 months ago

    What a f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s. vlog and conscientious of others. BRAVO. :-) Wish you had repeated the life jacket name in the description above. But hey, we can scroll the video and pick it up again.

  • Roy Sailing Imagination

    Excellent video and great message.

  • James Bennett
    James Bennett 4 months ago +1

    That was awesome. Informative and definitely a few laughs at the end !

  • Cyclomaniac
    Cyclomaniac 4 months ago

    Very well done; fun, funny but serious.

  • Tony Stott
    Tony Stott 4 months ago +1

    I believe it is important to also consider harnesses... There are definitely circumstances where a harness is incredibly more useful than a life-jacket. I have done a bit of sailing offshore in small yachts (around 25 feet) including overnight. A short-handed crew (like you two) could be in serious trouble retrieving a man overboard.

    It is for this reason that I always insisted that in winds over 20 knots, at night, or any other conditions I deemed appropriate by the skipper, ALL CREW wore safety harnesses, and were physically attached to strong points on the boat. (If going below, the anchor line would be undone AFTER getting inside, and coming out, reattached to a strong U-bolt near the companionway before climbing the steps into the cockpit. We generally did not wear life-jackets, instead usually wearing harnesses at all times

    My concept got fully endorsed once when I was sailing on a beam reach in the ocean at night, with the other crew asleep below decks. I was sitting on the windward rail next to the rear of the cabin-top, steering with a tiller extension. Suddenly, the windward rail hit the face of a huge wave, with at least 2 metres more of green water above! The yacht heeled so violently that none of the water entered the cockpit, but went straight over the leeward rail. The mainsail got soaked about 2 metres ABOVE THE BOOM!

    I got washed the full length of my safety line all the way to the leeward rear corner of the pushpit. I will never know if I would have stayed on board wearing just a life-jacket, but if not, I would certainly have been lost at sea on a moonless night, as the crew would not have known what happened to me.

    Additional food for thought.. you cannot discuss safety too much!

    • onthebeaches1
      onthebeaches1 4 months ago

      Great point and I totally concur. I even have my cat with a harness that's locked into the jack line.

  • Geoff Morgan
    Geoff Morgan 4 months ago

    Great advice guys. We wear PFDs on our Sea Rescue vessels at all times when underway, no exceptions. Comfort is key, so invest in Spinlock or Crewsaver and you won’t notice you’re wearing it after a while. None of the people we’ve searched for this year were wearing life jackets. None of them survived.

  • Agora Vai
    Agora Vai 4 months ago

    Sailing tastefully... and safe!!!
    Good tips!!!

  • Lyfan Deth
    Lyfan Deth 4 months ago +1

    I wear a lifejacket as a courtesy to those underpaid overworked brave SAR crews, so they can find my body quickly and get home for dinner. Professional courtesy.

  • The Traveller
    The Traveller 4 months ago

    There are only 2 times when you MUST wear a lifejacket.
    1. When you want to, and
    2. When the boat skipper tells you to!

  • Celtic Tiger
    Celtic Tiger 4 months ago

    Reason no.7 Sharks hate chewing life jackets.

  • SV Impavidus (Ant & Cid Sailing)

    Really good points made there guys. Have to say we have them in the cockpit but only put them on if conditions dictate or we have to leave the cockpit. We adapted Impavidus so all lines and function can be managed from there. However as you say, always expect the unexpected! (Film quote). As we agree the best way to avoid a risk is to eliminate it! Sail safe as always. Ant Cid & the pooches xxx

  • Tim Heale
    Tim Heale 4 months ago

    We on Talavera always wear our life jackets when underway, even Artie the Ships Cat wears his although he doesn’t like it, we also have MOB1’s fitted.

  • MrGentlebutfirm
    MrGentlebutfirm 4 months ago +1

    I absolutely hate using a life jacket, when it is not needed. I live with that tiny little extra added bit of risk in my life and is rewarded greatly by having my skin naked in the sun - or under the bimini. I also drive/walk in the traffic - which is so very much more dangerous than being without a life jacket under totally relaxed conditions.

  • Stefan Krantz
    Stefan Krantz 4 months ago

    How could anyone push thumbs down on this vid??
    They that dont have lifejackets dont understand how fast things could change,
    The worst I have been experience was a boat in the marina that just arrived, all on the boat where takeing the lifejackets off and jumped off,, when the mom should give there 5 month old baby to here husband, she droped the baby between the boat and the bridge in the water.. There where 10 people trying to get the baby up but no one could even jump in the water for 5 min when there was no room between the boat and the bridge, when they finaly had moved the boat and have room to jump in the water, the baby was gone!
    it took the rescue divers 1 hour to find the dead baby that did not have a lifejacket.
    Worst I ever experienced and after that I always use lifejacket.
    On the bridge the worst accidents often happens, if you fall between the bridge and a boat, you often hit something before you hit the water and might be unconicous or dont have room to swim.

  • runway heading
    runway heading 4 months ago +1

    Reason #7 Haven’t finished our bucket lists

  • John Kaveski
    John Kaveski 4 months ago

    well done guy's right on the money

  • Kostas Lassithiotakis
    Kostas Lassithiotakis 4 months ago +1

    Fully agree on all your reasons, we do the same!

  • lelegume1635
    lelegume1635 4 months ago

    Surtout quand on sait que par un petit beaufort 5 les chances de repêcher qqn sont d'à peu près 30% bonne initiative cette vidéo

  • Robert Crain
    Robert Crain 4 months ago

    A life jacket in the cabin does not do any good of you go over board. We also ware yours when on the water. We have sea kayaks and open canoes. A nice sunny day on a lake can turn into a windy rough crossing in a matter of minutes. Old Boy Scout, Be Prepared and hope you never need it.