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    Re: On teaching seamanship
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2004 Oct 14, 16:30 -0500

    > I find the serious sailers(blowboat operators of all sizes)to be much more
    > competant in seamanship then are motor(stinkpot)vessel operators.At least
    > out here on the west coast of the states.
    
    From government figures, 2001 or 2002?, there were almost 700 U.S. boating
    fatalities that year, and they were on the rise.
    
    Only 4% were sailing related (auxiliary and non auxiliary).
    
    Referencing the 700 figure, in 70% of all drownings the victim was not
    wearing A PFD.
    
    Of course that begs the question, what is the ratio of sailboat use to
    powerboat use? If anyone has that figure (or ownership--My SWAG would be
    20-25% sailboats) would love to have it so I can put the 4% figure in
    perspective for my classes.
    
    Bill
    
    
    

       
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