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Old 01-07-2020, 07:01 AM
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I have read every thread on here regarding this issue, but many are old. I am looking for some current suggestions. I fish a 33 CC out of NC, everything from nearshore to offshore. I have a lot of safety equipment but am looking to get new life jackets/pfd's. It is usually me, my wife or one other adult plus I have three children ages 11-15. Sometimes fish just the family, sometimes just wife and I, sometimes myself and three other adults. I want to be prepared for any of these situations and provide the best safety I can for my family. Have to keep in mind storage etc. Any suggestions would be helpful. Do I carry some type I's or PFD's or both and what numbers of each. It is confusing with all of the options. Thanks
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Type 1's reasonably easy to reach, and hydrostatic inflatables for the rest of the time.
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Offshore I'd always be wearing a life jacket. Kids 100% of the time even nearshore.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Type 1's reasonably easy to reach, and hydrostatic inflatables for the rest of the time.
Type 1's for everyone including occasional guest and inflatables for everyone too?
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We carried 6 of these when I ran our 28' CC. Compact, easy to store, and met Coast Guard regulations. For the kids, (when they were your family's age) ski jacket type life vests. They wore that type since they were toddlers, and became accustomed to them being mandatory. They were excellent swimmers, so when they got to about 14, I would allow them to remove the vests if fishing the back bay on a hot day. Other than that, they were the best option for kids. As mentioned above, today's inflatables offer additional options for those that prefer additional protection.
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Originally Posted by rupert99 View Post
Offshore I'd always be wearing a life jacket. Kids 100% of the time even nearshore.
Yes, I agree just trying to figure out what type. I think having the PFD's to wear when running, fishing etc is better than wearing type I's all the time and keep the type I's accessible if needed.
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I wear an inflatable belt pack at all times and have inherently buoyant orange PFDs with reflective tape, lights, whistles and vessel numbers readily accessible.
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My lifejackets (worn all the time by everyone on board) are inflatable with auto firing head (the external type - the hyrdostatic are expensive to service, difficult to check and impossible to rearm at sea (they need to be inflated for a good few hours to check the seal is airtight), fitted with crotch straps (essential if you're to survive after becoming unconscious or too weak from cold) a spray hood (quite possibly a lifesaver) and an auto light (makes a huge difference to SAR operations).

The problem is with any lifejacket that is not habitually worn, you can't put it on in time - more people end up falling overboard or being thrown from a capsizing boat than end up in the sea from a sinking boat that gives you sufficient time to grab one (no matter how conveniently they're located) and put it on.

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Originally Posted by ncbeachguy View Post
Type 1's for everyone including occasional guest and inflatables for everyone too?
Yep. Unless your regular extras have their own.
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Here's what we do. Get the best type 1 ones you can find. And put them where you have super easy access. Problem is they are bulky and most do not put them on until needed.

My suggestion is to get neoprene life vests built for water sports. They are comfortable and you can wear them all day and they provide warmth!! . If needed you put the offshore type 1 on over top of the neoprene LP.......Add PLB, VHF, flashlights as needed.

The best life vest is.... The one you wear. When you leave the dock ask yourself "When would be a more convenient time for you to put on your LP?"
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
Here's what we do. Get the best type 1 ones you can find. And put them where you have super easy access. Problem is they are bulky and most do not put them on until needed.

My suggestion is to get neoprene life vests built for water sports. They are comfortable and you can wear them all day and they provide warmth!! . If needed you put the offshore type 1 on over top of the neoprene LP.......Add PLB, VHF, flashlights as needed.

The best life vest is.... The one you wear. When you leave the dock ask yourself "When would be a more convenient time for you to put on your LP?"
Neoprene is comfortable in the winter, but is like wearing a heater in the summer time in the south. I can't even wear one at night. Way too hot.
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
My lifejackets (worn all the time by everyone on board) are inflatable with auto firing head (the external type - the hyrdostatic are expensive to service, difficult to check and impossible to rearm at sea (they need to be inflated for a good few hours to check the seal is airtight), fitted with crotch straps (essential if you're to survive after becoming unconscious or too weak from cold) a spray hood (quite possibly a lifesaver) and an auto light (makes a huge difference to SAR operations).
Can you share the brand/model?
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I bought Mustang MIT 100 automatics..
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I have Kentís type 1s, 6 of them. They do go on sale, I think I paid $40 for them. Iíve had them for 3 years, every year they get sprayed down with hose. Look brand new.

Normally I have 3 on the boat to fish sometimes 4 people. I also have 5 type 2s. They are just to cover me if I have 11 on board if Iím going to sandbar.

Iíve never worn them, nor has anyone else, but when you get on my boat I show you where they are.

my dad is 70 and he wears a fanny pack style auto inflate when itís rough. Of course the kids wear thereís.

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Buy comfortable inflatables and REQUIRE everyone to wear them. It's no big deal.... If you are really paranoid also carry Type I's for when the compost hits the oscillator. As others have said, lights, PLB's make good additions.
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Originally Posted by raybark View Post
Can you share the brand/model?
There's a mix of three different kinds across the 8 jackets I keep on board (mostly Crewsaver), but the 'best' one is a Crewsaver 190+ - now superseded by the Crewsaver Ergofit: about half way down this page - Crewsaver Life jackets l Ergofit l Crewfit Life Jackets (after clicking on the 'SEA SAFETY' window) - I don't know why it won't do a direct link.
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