Recently I’ve been looking at the boating clothing people are wearing (it's been raining) and thinking about its visibility if someone fell overboard. In an April 12, 2012 post I commented on the desirability of wearing brightly-colored upper body clothing while aboard. What I am seeing rather frequently this summer is dark blue or black foul weather jackets with bright green hoods. OK, the hoods are visible when they are on the wearer’s head, but what if a person falls overboard and the hood blows off or fills with water and comes off? Maybe I’m making too much of this, but I’m happy when my crew wears bright colors on their entire upper body (and they look better in the photos, too.)
Priscilla Travis spends more than 110 days each year on the water, takes photos, and writes about nautical topics.