I think we can tone it down a bit, fellows.
We all sail in different waters and conditions, and some of us sail solo whereas others frequently have partners. We can thank Matt for being frank: Hobie does not carry body tethers because it does not want the liability that infers. That does not make tethers wrong, but it is a choice. There are risks either way.
We’ve had this discussion beforeviewtopic.php?f=71&t=27286
and, as usual, NOHUHU had some good ideas. I’m a sea kayaker, and I’ve done a fair amount of whitewater kayaking, so I definitely understand where you are coming from, Jerry.
This is a good and important discussion. In the end, it will be an individual choice. Currently, I don’t use a tether (I'm in the Rockies until mid-October), but there have been numerous times when I’ve been out on my AI and thought: “Geez, I could have fallen overboard!” It was not a comforting thought, and a tether may be in the future. Some people have generously offered to do some experimentation—the TI w/ a passenger will be the ideal boat for trial and error with tethers. NOHUHU has already performed one experiment—see the above link—and made recommendations.