I was only teasing
seriously, sooner or later everyone swims or comes up on a situation where they need to be prepared.
Our last trip we had a pin in the group. It got filed under "shit happens"...... wow do loaded boats wrap quick
anywho... I'm a believer in a little gear redundancy with boat rescue equipment, funny I do believe I learned that here?
(our chief rigger's boat got wrapped) we had redundancy so no probs. It's being prepared cause it's pretty arrogant and stupid to think it's never going to happen to you.
There's all kinds of stuff you don't "need" like the extra full set of boat extraction or my favorite recommend the drysuit.
You proved you didn't need the suit and you don't. But when it rains everyday or you take a swim on a cold day their dam nice to have......affords your crew comfort and therefore a more happy crew.
Now, your engineer brain will think of a thousand things I could never come up with (that's why they pay you the big bucks eh)......don't overkill.....sometimes shit happens. You dealt with it. I think you'll find that lots of us "get away with one" from time to time
I'm not being patronizing...more like winking at a fellow canoe buddy and saying, yea, the river gods, they cut you some luck eh.....brother, been there
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