I have always wondered why the people putting on a poker run don't require PFDs. I run in at least one poker run each season and quite frankly I'm running faster in my Scarab than I do in our race boat "Sonic Boom" and I'm not in the fastest boat in the crowd!
In poker runs & other fun runs, what you see is loads of people, no PFDs, hootin & hollering.....a disaster waiting to happen!!
I enjoy the excitment as much as anyone, you always end up playing cat & mouse with other boats that run similar speeds to yours. It is racing in manner of speaking! We as a group need to treat these machines & the waters with more respect!
Whenever I run a boat, I use the kill lanyard & insist on PFDs for everyone on board. You never know when something unexpected is going to happen! When your running at 70 0r 80 or 90+ mph, things happen in a flash!
" OH WAIT A MINUTE WHILE I GO BELOW AND GET EVERYONE THEIR LIFE JACKET"....as everyone is tossed overboard!!!
Insurance costs will come down when people aren't having STUPID & AVOIDABLE accidents!! When boating safety and navigation courses become mandatory! I'm all for it!
We as a boating community better get our act together.