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Old 02-14-2020, 09:22 PM
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I've been researching auto inflating pfd's and I seem to be running in circles. I have a 24' bay boat and live in north Georgia. I run my boat in local lakes, and inshore mostly in Orange Beach, AL, and Steinhatchee, FL. I also plan to take a trip down to Port. St. Joe this summer. I don't normally get more than a mile or two offshore, and only on very calm days. I generally have a wife and 3 kids on the boat with me. So, I am strongly considering a self inflatable PFD, so I wear it all the time. I find myself forgetting to put my life jacket on too often and want to remedy that problem. I'd like something lightweight, comfortable and reliable for self deployment, even if I am knocked unconscious, God forbid. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I have seen the Mustang brand mentioned most often, along with the West Marine brand. I'm open to anything. I don't want to waste money, but I don't mind spending money on a safety item. I just want it to be comfortable and reliable. If it matters, I'm 6'1" and 220 lbs. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Get some Mustang hydrostatic inflatables. I wear one at all times when on the boat and I expect all aboard to do the same.
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Originally Posted by capt_matt View Post
Get some Mustang hydrostatic inflatables. I wear one at all times when on the boat and I expect all aboard to do the same.
Wow. You're no fun.
Old 02-14-2020, 09:46 PM
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LMAO. I wasn't looking for fun. I was looking for To the Point, and Honest. I just want to buy something reliable and move on. There are far more fun things to research to buy besides life jackets.
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I guess if you said you keep the cooler stocked with plenty of cold beer you'd be a fun guy.
More to the point of your question. I also have gotten into the habit of always wearing an inflatable PFD while underway and expect everyone on my boat to wear one while we are underway. I carry six Mustang inflatables and have found them comfortable and hold up well over time and use. The model that I like best has the hydrostatic inflator as Capt. Matt suggested above. I used to run a charter fishing business and sometimes my customers would forget they had the PFD on at the end of the trip.
The model number is MD3184.

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I have the fanny pack type I use when I fish alone
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What ever you buy be sure it's an "Auto Inflate" with a CO2 Rearming Cylinder Cartridge that's included and not a manual.
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I have at least 4 West Marine and 4 Onyx auto inflate pfd vests and have tested it. (works well, soon as you hit water)
I also bought extra re-arming kit.
IMHO, Its good to at least test a couple and practice re-arming it then put the pfd back the correct way.
BTW, most of the auto-inflate pfd’s also has a manual override T pull cord to trigger it.
The Onyx and West Marine pfd’s are well made, light and comfortable enough to wear
without being obtrusive.
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Another vote for Mustang Inflatable I wear one very comfy,Florida FWC (Game Wardens) also wear the Mustang Brand
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I have the Onyx A/M 24 and also have them for anybody on board. Have found them to be very comfortable. I also always wear a PLB since I'm running up to 80 miles offshore. That might be overkill for your needs but can't hurt to wear that as well.
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Bass Pro Shops has their auto-inflate models on sale...
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Originally Posted by Spartan1 View Post
I have the Onyx A/M 24 and also have them for anybody on board. Have found them to be very comfortable. I also always wear a PLB since I'm running up to 80 miles offshore. That might be overkill for your needs but can't hurt to wear that as well.
Everyone on board wears an inflatable,( I have 8) plus there is a type 1 for everyone on board. There is also a PLB, VHF with mayday button. Considering a 6 man life raft too. I figure if the time comes I wouldn't want to rely on only one safety system.
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Originally Posted by capt_matt View Post
Get some Mustang hydrostatic inflatables. I wear one at all times when on the boat and I expect all aboard to do the same.
Originally Posted by JonisMist View Post
Wow. You're no fun.
It's fun to put everyone on your boat at more risk than necessary??

I guess I'm no fun because I drive a car with anti-lock disc brakes when I could go old school and swap them for the old fading drum brakes


Back to the original question for the OP

I'd go for auto-inflate with the external mechanism (i.e. the Halkey Roberts or UML type) rather than the hydrostatic. The external type are a lot easier and a lot cheaper to self service.

Main thing is that they are comfortable, so I would try them on before buying. Also check the expiry date on the firing heads - a friend asked me to service his inflatables (they need doing every year) and I found they were expired 4 years before he even bought them - must have been sitting on the shelf for quite a while.
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I tried on the Bass Pro (Onyx) A/M24 style vs the Mustang MIT 100 and found the Mustang more comfortable.

FYI Steep&Cheap had/has the Mustangs (non-hydrostatic) on sale as well.
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Mustang Hyrdostatics, in Grey, are on sale $20 off, or $219. Just ordered one set.
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You mentioned you have kids on board. I don’t think inflatable PFDs are Coast Guard approved for use by kids under the age of 16.

I always wear one. A life jacket not worn won’t do you much good if you get tossed from your boat while running and hit your head on the way out. I like the Mustang MIT 100. Comfortable, even in Texas summer heat.

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