"What percentage of those you paddle with carry throw bags,(not counting dedicated tow lines)?"
"What percentage of them have the throw bag quickly available?"
Mine is either clipped to a thwart or my bucket. which is bungied to a thwart.
"Have you ever seen practice with throw bags on a paddle?"
Practice like "hey lets try this out"? Rarely. Practive like "hey! Bubba's swimming again." Sometimes on whitewater.
"Do you know if you can throw from your boat & if so how far & what changes as far as throw technique?"
Throw from the shore, or a rock or something solid. In your boat you are better off going in and towing if you can.
"If you miss, how long does it take you for a second try?"
At least a minute. That most often happens when rigging a cross river haul or bear bag.
I figure a rope is useful for towing and lining and unpinning and clothes lining and tarp rigging and hanging my food in addition to rescue.
Since already have several throwbags it's a no brainer to clip one to my boat or bucket.
On day trips it rarely gets used. While camping it gets used often. In either case it's easy to haul and handy.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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