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Old 05-26-2019, 06:07 PM
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I have not been wearing one because I find them uncomfortable and restricting to wear all the time. They are quickly accessible when needed. This winter I picked up inflatables for me and my wife and now expect to be wearing one all the time.
The other thing is I float. I mean, I really float. For my boating conditions, if I fall overboard I could stay in a sitting position and read a newspaper until someone came by.
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I agree but when some dumb dumb a$$ who refuses to wear a PFD falls overboard it will be our government in the form of the USCG, FWC, LEO out searching for a week with $10,000,000 in assets.
I'm not against cutting back on body recovery efforts.
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:25 PM
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Side note for this discussion. My mustang inflatable was due for a new charge kit next month. Forgot I was wearing it it and jumped in the water today. Works good. And is a giant surprise when the CO2 cartridge lets go.
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:37 PM
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Yes, when I fish alone - Mustang inflatable - very comfortable and non-restricting
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:53 PM
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Life jackets are for pussies















just kidding. I wish I did wear one but I don’t.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:19 AM
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Spot lock almost got me.

Switched over to a small whaler recently from a Kayak. Wore a pfd 100% on the yak. I was thrilled about not wearing the vest any longer.

Then fishing alone, standing up on the bow, my minn kota spot lock kicked in and jolted the boat enough for me to lose my balance.
I didn't go in but saw how easy it would be to go over the side. Bought an inflatable at West Marine.

I'll wear it 100% of the time when alone.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:20 AM
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:57 AM
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for some here. do you go over the speed limit in your car and expect the ambulance to come and get you in an accident. of course you do.

why dont you wear a helmet in your car. that will add more safety for you than any life jacket.

why dont you wear florescent colors all day long, that would certainly help save you from being hit as a pedestrian.

do you have steel doors at your house and bars on the windows for safety.

where does it end.
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:04 PM
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No but after reading this thread and seeing how small some of the inflatables are I think I will shop for them. Good thread
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:07 PM
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Craft Cutlass View Post
No but after reading this thread and seeing how small some of the inflatables are I think I will shop for them. Good thread
mustang HIT..... the best
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by cracked_ribs View Post
Have yourself a read through the link you provided...let me know when you get to a rescue somewhere near 32,000 feet.

You can get pulled out of base camp...the people dying to get to the summit are not expecting a "government helicopter" at "32,000 feet". For several reasons, at least some of which should be apparent to everyone.
When did Everest get so much taller?
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by fishbottom View Post
for some here. do you go over the speed limit in your car and expect the ambulance to come and get you in an accident. of course you do.

why dont you wear a helmet in your car. that will add more safety for you than any life jacket.

why dont you wear florescent colors all day long, that would certainly help save you from being hit as a pedestrian.

do you have steel doors at your house and bars on the windows for safety.

where does it end.
you should request an exemption from the coast guard so that you don't need to even carry a life preserver.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by OutFishing View Post
When did Everest get so much taller?
Actually 29,000 ft. Just read 9 people have died on the mountain this climbing season.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:14 PM
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Always wear one when in the boat, also wear the kill switch when the big motor is running.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by fishbottom View Post
for some here. do you go over the speed limit in your car and expect the ambulance to come and get you in an accident. of course you do.

why dont you wear a helmet in your car. that will add more safety for you than any life jacket.

why dont you wear florescent colors all day long, that would certainly help save you from being hit as a pedestrian.

do you have steel doors at your house and bars on the windows for safety.

where does it end.
I think the answer, at least for me, is to take reasonable risks and reasonable precautions. No I don't wear a helmet in my car when I drive everyday but yes I did wear a helmet in my car when I was on a racetrack driving at 150 mph. No I don't wear fluorescent colors every day but yes I did wear fluorescent orange when I was an avid hunter. Nobody is suggesting to avoid all risks, but is wearing an inflatable life jacket while underway really that big of an inconvenience?
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:48 PM
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no but it is a personal choice for each of us and we judge the risk for the situation according to what we are willing to do.
for many in calm water we feel we dont need to wear one, nor do we wear one while swimming.

that was my point for those who missed it.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:12 AM
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Darn, they are currently not available. This is in answer to the link from Overtons.

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Old 05-29-2019, 07:29 AM
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No. But I only boat in warm waters, inshore, during the day, with other people. I have done one overnight group trip on a CC a few years ago, wore an inflatable that night.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


I'm not against cutting back on body recovery efforts.
That's what we pay taxes for.
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