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Simple Question - Do you wear a life jacket?

Old 05-20-2019, 09:02 PM
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Default Simple Question - Do you wear a life jacket?

Boating season here on the East Coast is finally heating up - with Memorial Day weekend a few days away, the water is filled with boaters of all experience levels, accidents do happen... Do you wear a life jacket when operating your boat? Ive gotten pretty bad about wearing mine - need to invest in a new skinny automatic one that is out of the way and not bothersome when fishing...

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Mustang Float Coat. I can wear it while running year round but it gets too warm in the summer when we're stopped (I tend to take it off). Never solo on trips.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:39 PM
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Only from the time I leave the dock until I return to the dock.

dad was thrown from a boat, no pfd on. Body sunk in less than 8 hours. Took 8 days to find him in 290’ of water. In a lake with no real current. The first couple of days wondering if he was still alive sucked serious ass. Then we started wondering if his body would ever be recovered. Then, we wondered what would it be like if he was recovered, or parts of him, months or years later. F that. I want SAR to recover my body quick, so my loved ones don’t suffer those emotions.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:39 PM
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NEVER on the water on holidays.

Use inflatable vest so not cumbersome, and can wear all the time.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:49 PM
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Yep, PNW on the sound you go in 50 deg water you're going to cramp and drown.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:52 PM
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Always from November thru April river fishing, frequently in water temps low to mid 30’s and most of the time wear an inflatable in the warmer months.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:18 PM
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Vegas, August. Water was as warm as could be. Can’t swim when unconscious or dead. Pfd means you won’t sink and better chance of recovering a body.
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Only on the jet ski or water skis. Never when on the boat.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:35 PM
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The first time I wore a life jacket in 15 years of boating was 3 years ago when I gave us a fair chance of going down. Since then my outlook on safety has changed a little. I now have an epirb and a plb. I bought a Mustang HIT inflatable and I wear 100% of the time if I'm by myself, 90% of the time in my duck boat, and not too often in my bay boat when there's multiple people on board that could come get me if I fell out. Watching all the youtube vids you never know when something's going to happen so I should where it more often in my bay boat.

Cant believe how many trips I made up the river at 3am in the fog and I never wore one. Even wore waders and hit my fair share of crap. Pretty dumb...

I do where my kill switch 100% of the time the boat is underway…..

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:58 PM
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Almost never. Very, very hard to fall out of my boat. The forward 2/3 are enclosed. The cockpit is deep and has rails around the stern as it was originally a commercial transport boat.

If I'm doing something sketchy, then yes, generally, unless I think it will cause more problems than it solves.

I had to swim for about two minutes a few weeks ago in rough water with a fair bit of current and I'll tell you what...even two minutes in forty-five degree water feels like a pretty long time if you're fighting the wind and the current! In that case I left the jacket because I thought it would slow me down and prolong my exposure, and I was confident that I could handle the swim.

But if I'm sailing my little dinghy in any kind of water, then yes.
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Not unless I am offshore alone.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:28 AM
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Yes, Mustang H.I.T inflatable PFD. With a Fell marine MOB switch. Fish 90% of the time alone.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:46 AM
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Depends, we have very strict life jacket laws, so sometimes I do to be legal, (and safe) other times on my other boat, not usually.
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When I'm alone. Yes.
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No. I was fishing alone last yr with a light line out and it got stuck on a prop. I climbed over the transom then thought about it for a sec. I climbed back inside, tied a rope around myself, then went back out to free the fishing line.
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Solo yes, along with a plb. With people, no.
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:06 AM
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Off shore alone, always wear the inflatable. In company, good weather, not usually. Did a notorious crossing last week, from the Fortescue River mouth out to the Montebello Islands, in the Pilbara region of WA. Remote area, fresh wind, big tides running quarter across the wind, 47 nautical Mile run. . . Insisted we put the iinflatables on. Run out wasn't too bad. Coming home a week later, we picked a day with the easterly wind a solid 20-25 knots, quarter on the nose, full moon tide running. Seas were over wheel house height at times, short and unpredictable. We were fine in the Reefrunner, poor bastards following us in the 615C Barcrusher were soaked and exhausted by time we reached shelter. We were wearing our inflatables, they had old style jackets under a seat somewhere
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