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Old 05-03-2019, 08:56 AM
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One thing Iíd like all of you to try is to put them in your favorite life vest and into the pool...then make some waves in the pool and letís see how well the vest works. I did this with my daughter at around 2 and the wingy floaters worked the best.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:09 AM
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Wearing a PFD is a requirement on my Henry O. It just makes sense since I utilize inflatables, the boat is so small and my wife hates it so I rarely have to drag her along. Win win!

Now the pontoon, that's a different story... but both my boys had SALUS when they were really little.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:51 AM
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This is the Salus and Stolquest side by side. Little man was about 13 lbs or so, and just shy of 1 year old in this pic. Girl was 26 months and about 23-24 lbs.

Note the fan in the background. Just a suction cup mount 12V fan for a tractor or truck. About $20-30 bucks. Makes a huge difference in no wake zones or on the hook.

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Old 05-03-2019, 10:22 AM
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This is the Salus and Stolquest side by side. Little man was about 13 lbs or so, and just shy of 1 year old in this pic. Girl was 26 months and about 23-24 lbs.

Note the fan in the background. Just a suction cup mount 12V fan for a tractor or truck. About $20-30 bucks. Makes a huge difference in no wake zones or on the hook.

Look like future Clemson graduates to me...
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:32 AM
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Look like future Clemson graduates to me...
Already being brainwashed.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:44 PM
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havent tried the mustang, but highly recommend the stohlquest. It works well when they are barely too big for the Salus. Goes up to 30lbs and is relatively inexpensive.

This is them side by side. Iíll post a pic of both on babies side by side a bit later today once Iím back at my computer.
Thanks! I'll order both and see what works best for her. At the rate they grow out of them, a less expensive option would be nice.
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:25 PM
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Look like future Clemson graduates to me...
no lake this weekend. But heís having fun ďhelpingĒ with the dove field.



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Old 05-03-2019, 08:17 PM
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I'm sure it's been asked somewhere before, but why won't the coast guard approve inflatables for kids? You can't tell me with all of the inventions man has come up with we couldn't figure out an inflatable for a kid.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:05 AM
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I'm sure none of you fathers with little kids are going to like this. With the exception of going out on the boat on a beautiful day with no wind on the lake or bay, children should not be out on the boat until they can swim. If you do go out on that beautiful day you should never even get the boat on plane. Why? Think about it....shit happens, and when it does that infant or two year old is on there own because you got your face smashed into the windshield or got knocked overboard. My uncle who was a WWII navy man would take us out crabbing and fishing for blow fish when we where I'd say 4 or 5, but not before. He loved the sea and boating. He would ask us every time we saw him, "did you learn how to swim yet?". Once we did it was stripers, fluke, bluefish, weakfish, mackeral, whatever was running. He wanted us out there with him all the time, but not until we where ready.

Some of you guys who have children need to understand that your life is going to change. If you think you can just keep doing the same things you did pre kids you are just not thinking it thru.

Just so you know I have a twenty year old and a sixteen year old. Both of them love the sea and have been on the boat since they could swim. The oldest at five, the younger one at 4. Buy a pool.
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I'm sure none of you fathers with little kids are going to like this. With the exception of going out on the boat on a beautiful day with no wind on the lake or bay, children should not be out on the boat until they can swim. If you do go out on that beautiful day you should never even get the boat on plane. Why? Think about it....shit happens, and when it does that infant or two year old is on there own because you got your face smashed into the windshield or got knocked overboard. My uncle who was a WWII navy man would take us out crabbing and fishing for blow fish when we where I'd say 4 or 5, but not before. He loved the sea and boating. He would ask us every time we saw him, "did you learn how to swim yet?". Once we did it was stripers, fluke, bluefish, weakfish, mackeral, whatever was running. He wanted us out there with him all the time, but not until we where ready.

Some of you guys who have children need to understand that your life is going to change. If you think you can just keep doing the same things you did pre kids you are just not thinking it thru.

Just so you know I have a twenty year old and a sixteen year old. Both of them love the sea and have been on the boat since they could swim. The oldest at five, the younger one at 4. Buy a pool.
thats way overkill imo. Off shore, not for me. But inshore and on the lake when weather is good. Every chance possible. I take measures to reduce risks. Not eliminate them by staying at home. Kid wants to ride a bike. Sure thing. Here is your helmet.
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Old 05-05-2019, 12:37 PM
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thats way overkill imo. Off shore, not for me. But inshore and on the lake when weather is good. Every chance possible. I take measures to reduce risks. Not eliminate them by staying at home. Kid wants to ride a bike. Sure thing. Here is your helmet.
Autobaun you sound like a reasonable person. I am not speaking of reasonable people such as yourself. I am speaking about people who just throw a life vest on there kids and go out like its nothing. I see it all the time, kids who can't even walk going out on boats where the operator pays no mind to there safety. Especially the one's who go wide open straight to the sandbar, crack open the beers and start partying like they are 19. Clueless parents pushing there luck.

I'm hardly a overprotective parent, far from it, but when it comes to little kids and infants I wince every time I see one on a boat. Some people just don't get it until it's too late.
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Autobaun you sound like a reasonable person. I am not speaking of reasonable people such as yourself. I am speaking about people who just throw a life vest on there kids and go out like its nothing. I see it all the time, kids who can't even walk going out on boats where the operator pays no mind to there safety. Especially the one's who go wide open straight to the sandbar, crack open the beers and start partying like they are 19. Clueless parents pushing there luck.

I'm hardly a overprotective parent, far from it, but when it comes to little kids and infants I wince every time I see one on a boat. Some people just don't get it until it's too late.
fair enough. I bought a different boat to accommodate babies. Old boat had low gunwales and basically an open transom. Itís not easy, but not hard either. Iím very fortunate when I hit the water Iím almost always meeting up with my parents, aunts/uncles, my brother & his wife, or other friends. Get in the boat on the lift, and have help most everywhere Iím going. That makes it easy. Iíve got a system worked out that makes such largely unnecessary though.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Clamdigger II View Post
I'm sure none of you fathers with little kids are going to like this. With the exception of going out on the boat on a beautiful day with no wind on the lake or bay, children should not be out on the boat until they can swim. If you do go out on that beautiful day you should never even get the boat on plane. Why? Think about it....shit happens, and when it does that infant or two year old is on there own because you got your face smashed into the windshield or got knocked overboard. My uncle who was a WWII navy man would take us out crabbing and fishing for blow fish when we where I'd say 4 or 5, but not before. He loved the sea and boating. He would ask us every time we saw him, "did you learn how to swim yet?". Once we did it was stripers, fluke, bluefish, weakfish, mackeral, whatever was running. He wanted us out there with him all the time, but not until we where ready.

Some of you guys who have children need to understand that your life is going to change. If you think you can just keep doing the same things you did pre kids you are just not thinking it thru.

Just so you know I have a twenty year old and a sixteen year old. Both of them love the sea and have been on the boat since they could swim. The oldest at five, the younger one at 4. Buy a pool.
Blanket statements like that aren't terribly helpful - and frankly, banning kids from boats until they can swim isn't close to practical. I mean, what's the theory, that if they can swim they would be fine in an accident and not need an adult? Being able to swim does not equal not needing an adult.

My kids are 4 and 6 and have been in swim lessons for years and I wouldn't say they can actually "swim." The 6 year old can - but not in any meaningful sense that would have ANY appreciable impact in an emergency like you are contemplating. So you reaonably would expect me to keep a 4 and 6 year old of a boat?!?!?!

Do you have even the FAINTEST clue of the experiences these two kids have had on boats and beaches? They've been on the boat since they were 6 months and 6 weeks old, respectively. They have spent, literally, hundreds and hundreds of hours on the boat. They know fore and aft, port and starboard. They know how to turn on the house/aux batteries, lower and start the motors and then reverse it when back on the mooring. They know, and have ingrained in them, the laws of the boat. They have spent, literally, thousands of hours playing on the beach, largely independent of us, and both of them are more proficient at kayaking the vast majority of children out there.

The level of risk associated with the boating portion of all of this is literally nil. They are far, far, far, far more exposed to a negative outcome driving them to school every morning than being on the boat. They wear their boat coats 100% of the time, and are within site of land 97% of the time.

Not a single one of the things that you identified as a concern for taking small kids on a boat would be avoided if they could swim. A 4 year old will fly across the boat and into the windshield just the same way a 2 year old would, irrespective of whether or not they can swim.

You're imposing an artificial bar that does nothing to make sure anyone is actually any safer.

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Old 07-14-2019, 07:03 PM
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I'd say the new life jacket was a hit! Never made a peep the whole time. Just looked around, smiled, and well....slept a little. Thanks for the help!
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Nice, I think we'll invest in one.

We've got a 3 DAY old and plenty of summer left for him to join his 2 yr old brother on the boat.
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Nice, I think we'll invest in one.

We've got a 3 DAY old and plenty of summer left for him to join his 2 yr old brother on the boat.
Oh boy, congrats on the new one!

Mine are 27 or so months apart, have fun!
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Oh boy, congrats on the new one!

Mine are 27 or so months apart, have fun!
Yeah our oldest is just getting to where he's pretty easy to take care of, and now we hit the reset.



Appreciate it...they're 23 months apart. Two boys...momma is ready for a lifetime of fart jokes and high grocery bills.
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Yeah our oldest is just getting to where he's pretty easy to take care of, and now we hit the reset.



Appreciate it...they're 23 months apart. Two boys...momma is ready for a lifetime of fart jokes and high grocery bills.
It's a thing for a while, but it's a great gap and you're probably going to have two great little buddies to play with - and fight with

Good luck to your wife!

And you too, I suppose....

Enjoy them all!
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Nice, I think we'll invest in one.

We've got a 3 DAY old and plenty of summer left for him to join his 2 yr old brother on the boat.
Healthy baby & healthy mama?
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Healthy baby & healthy mama?
First question I should have asked!
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