ya know, in a recent thread I advised a person to maybe skip 20 MPH winds.. the response.. they are very experienced.. in their "big" 16' boat. I've seen larger than that swamped here.
I don't care how experienced you are... wear a life vest and always err on the side of caution. The ones on most boats are bulky and a pain.. I get it.. save and invest in something like a Mustang vest.. super thin and never interferes with my fishing.
Every year we read things like this.. way too sad.
I have had at least 3 close calls that I can remember. And they were all picture perfect calm days. I was lucky to have had one on because they were "freak" accidents. I sympathize for those who knew him and it probably could have been avoided.