As much as I love water I've always had a deep seated fear of it.A healthy respect so to speak but deep down it scares me.
I've seen its power as I'm sure all of us who fish have.
Jay, I feel the same way. I'm all full of false bravado about how seaworthy my boat is and act like I'm some kind of ancient mariner, but deep inside weather & water scare the chit out of me.
I had that feeling last November when I was out in waders at low tide, screwing around with my ground tackle and my waders filled with water. At one point I was pretty panicked but knew I had to stay frosty to get back in.
I had it again after Thanksgiving when I was taking the boat to the marina, heading west into small-craft warnings. The engine started coughing and missing (NO, I wasn't out of fuel) and I started to wonder what it would be like to put the hook out and bob in 4-5' seas while someone came to my rescue (NOBODY was out that day). Visceral fear starts creeping up from your sphincter and the difference between an adult and a child is that an adult can fight it and stay level-headed.
Good post, brother Don. Here's my bottom line: this year I'm going to wear my PFD more religiously. Kids, whether or not they can swim, are REQUIRED to wear PFDs while on board -- why shouldn't we?
It would be a serious bummer to learn that a fellow Noreaster drowned.