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Old 12-05-2018, 10:49 AM
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Any auto inflates for dogs my dog hates his vest and stresses him out .... he swims like a rock
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Old 12-05-2018, 12:05 PM
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Any auto inflates for dogs my dog hates his vest and stresses him out .... he swims like a rock
Not that I've seen but that would be brilliant if it exists.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:20 AM
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My son fishes alone a lot so I bought him the West Marine, offshore inflatable vest. He has learned a few things. Take the vest off when throwing a cast net. At some point the manual inflator tab will be caught in the net and inflate the vest. If the vest inflates, it chokes you to death and dead bodies float. Also, if you take the vest off to throw the net, make sure you place it in a dry area of the boat. When the vest in on the floor of the boat, gets wet and inflates, it is a pretty loud bang.
That is unfortunate. Everyone I know personally who has gone overboard had it happen while throwing a cast net in the winter....

One guy slipped and went over mid-throw. The other guy hung the net on a stump and was trying to get it loose when he took the plunge....
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by cws View Post
My son fishes alone a lot so I bought him the West Marine, offshore inflatable vest. He has learned a few things. Take the vest off when throwing a cast net. At some point the manual inflator tab will be caught in the net and inflate the vest. If the vest inflates, it chokes you to death and dead bodies float. Also, if you take the vest off to throw the net, make sure you place it in a dry area of the boat. When the vest in on the floor of the boat, gets wet and inflates, it is a pretty loud bang.
That is unfortunate. Everyone I know personally who has gone overboard had it happen while throwing a cast net in the winter....

One guy slipped and went over mid-throw. The other guy hung the net on a stump and was trying to get it loose when he took the plunge....
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by brcarls View Post
That is unfortunate. Everyone I know personally who has gone overboard had it happen while throwing a cast net in the winter....

One guy slipped and went over mid-throw. The other guy hung the net on a stump and was trying to get it loose when he took the plunge....
IMO you are absolutely correct. I've seen guys throwing a cast net offshore in 20' of water from a flats boat. They are standing on a place on the boat with no side rail that is wet and slippery. This is exactly when you would want to be wearing the inflatable PFD.
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:14 PM
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My first experience was a belt inflator that used a tablet - that was sometime in the 70's. It was well before the USCG was considering inflation devices. Then came a type of Mae West with an inflator when the coasties finally decided to authorize their use. One thing hasn't changed in those years - the CO2 cartridge needs replacement every two years. Also the bobbin has an expiration date - you must check that before purchasing.
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:47 PM
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I recently went through my inflatables to see which have expired bobbins. It's not just the bobbins that expire. The air cylinders also expire (at a different rate than the bobbin.) Yeh, there is a indicator that shows green meaning everything is ok, but do I trust it? When I consider that my family and guests rely on a safe lifejacket, I decided No. I've replaced the inflatables with the foam-type. Now I don't have to rely on a bobbins, air cylinders, rip cords, the $20-30 replacement kit cost for each vest, and the hassle of trying to put it all back together. I've worn the the foam type for years and it's completely comfortable in all seasons. Just saying...
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Old 12-09-2018, 04:23 PM
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Unfortunately a budget is a fact of life for some of us to live by. Perhaps I could sum it up by suggesting to buy the best inflatable vest you can afford. Yes life itself is irreplaceable but we need to live within our means. :-)
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:59 PM
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Mustang auto.....got in the habit of wearing it when I bought the Contender.

I donít wear it if itís cold weather.

if itís cold, Mustang integrity bomber jacket .....even if itís just to walk down the snowy dock to check on the Albe.

This is an older pic, she has a complete enclosure that fits again.


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Old 12-10-2018, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by highrisk98 View Post
Mustang auto.....got in the habit of wearing it when I bought the Contender.

I donít wear it if itís cold weather.

if itís cold, Mustang integrity bomber jacket .....even if itís just to walk down the snowy dock to check on the Albe.

This is an older pic, she has a complete enclosure that fits again.


Your a wise man!
I boat in FL. Never saw snow on a boat. Nice picture.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ghostrider III View Post
One thing hasn't changed in those years - the CO2 cartridge needs replacement every two years. Also the bobbin has an expiration date - you must check that before purchasing.
Originally Posted by GeezGoneWild View Post
I recently went through my inflatables to see which have expired bobbins. It's not just the bobbins that expire. The air cylinders also expire (at a different rate than the bobbin.) Yeh, there is a indicator that shows green meaning everything is ok, but do I trust it?.

I've never seen a CO2 cylinder that has an expiry date. As long as the cylinder is clean and free of corrosion (which can damage the bladder) as long as it is above the minimum gross weight (stamped on the cylinder as 'MIN. GR. WT' it's survicable. I've known them go under weight in 3 years and also known them to still be OK at 12 years so no hard and fast rule as to their longevity.

The green indicator only indicates the the cylinder hasn't been fired. On some mechanisms the red can also indicate that the cylinder has become lose - the screw in type (as opposed to bayonet) should be checked for tightness once a month. (Note the bayonet fitting is also screwed on the cylinder so worth checking that now and again).
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