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PLRB, Handheld VHF, and Inflatable

Old 06-14-2019, 01:47 PM
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This may be a little bit of overlap with my previous thread but more specific. I got an Onyx belt style inflatable and a ACR PLRB but both are manual and my wife was asking me what happens if I hit my head. Questions:

1. Which automatic inflatable life jacket would you recommend
2.Is there any automatic PLRB that goes off if I go overboard.
3. Does any handheld VHF have a distress button.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:55 PM
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This may be a little bit of overlap with my previous thread but more specific. I got an Onyx belt style inflatable and a ACR PLRB but both are manual and my wife was asking me what happens if I hit my head. Questions:

1. Which automatic inflatable life jacket would you recommend
2.Is there any automatic PLRB that goes off if I go overboard.
3. Does any handheld VHF have a distress button.

Thanks in advance.
I have, and can attest to the comfort of the mustang MIT100. Donít get on the boat without it. Have a second one (for the wife) coming tomorrow from overtons. They have a 30% off discount code currently that puts it at ~ $112.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:56 PM
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3. Does any handheld VHF have a distress button.
Yes. Get one with GPS & DSC functions. I have a west Marine (I know everyone on THT hates them) that I paid less than $200 for. Know that range will be very limited with a handheld.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:09 PM
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Thanks guys. I am going to try and hit the water Tuesday. Won't be far offshore, probably Lookout shoals at the furthest. I don't care much for West Marine either but I pass a couple on the way down so I may just drop in and see what they have.

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Old 06-14-2019, 02:10 PM
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Mustang Hydrostatic https://www.mustangsurvival.com/en_US/products/flotation/inflatable-pfds/

Not aware of any PLB's that auto deploy - Cat 1 EPIRBs do, but not wearable

Get a HH VHF that floats and has GPS. the SH 890 has a Strobe that activates when it hits the water and DSC Alert that transmits Lat/Lon whin Distress Alert is activated (manually)

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I carry the HH VHF in a pouch always on the boat and add the Hydrostatic vest, PLB (clip on nylon pouch) and wireless kill switch when alone.

If the wife is suggesting it, you may be under-insured. You may want to talk to an agent you can trust
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:42 PM
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If you hit your head, that is a whole lotta head hitting something...I also doubt it will be functional after that...lolol
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If you hit your head, that is a whole lotta head hitting something...I also doubt it will be functional after that...lolol
There are two things people don't like. Wet dogs and smartasses.
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A 1 gallon bucket with a rope is a very important safety device, possibly more important than the others.
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If you hit your head, that is a whole lotta head hitting something...I also doubt it will be functional after that...lolol
All kidding aside, getting knocked out and departing the boat is my biggest fear when boating with babies. If something happens to me Iíve got good life insurance. Not that I have a death wish or anything, just being blunt. If something happens to the babies, that would be a lot more difficult situation. Underwater obstacles that could cause such a sudden boat departure are minimal on our lake, but as minimal as they are, Iím not taking that chance. Especially given how comfortable an inflatable is. My general thought with the babies on board is I need to be able to help them even if they are in good vests. Vest will buy them time, but not save them. I may get knocked out, and if I do I need to float until I can help them. Thatís the purpose of the inflatable.
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I have two Mustang Inflatables for sale...

2 Mustang MD 3183 life vests.

Would ship to fellow forum member if you pay for shipping...
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A 1 gallon bucket with a rope is a very important safety device, possibly more important than the others.
I carry a 5 gallon bucket with a roll of T.P.. in a gallon zip lock. What's the rope for??
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I carry a 5 gallon bucket with a roll of T.P.. in a gallon zip lock. What's the rope for??
With a 1 gallon bucket -
1) Rinse the bucket

2) retrieve water to use as a deck wash down


both help avoid leaning over the gunnel.
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i know that inflatables are not considered Type I because of the inflatable aspect. However, with all the talk of getting knocked out, are any of the inflatables - hydroastatic release or not - able to turn an unconscious person upright and head out of the water?
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i know that inflatables are not considered Type I because of the inflatable aspect. However, with all the talk of getting knocked out, are any of the inflatables - hydroastatic release or not - able to turn an unconscious person upright and head out of the water?
doing my own research - according to this, no - they say they "might". they compare them to Type II, at best.

https://www.boatus.org/life-jackets/types/
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i know that inflatables are not considered Type I because of the inflatable aspect. However, with all the talk of getting knocked out, are any of the inflatables - hydroastatic release or not - able to turn an unconscious person upright and head out of the water?
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i know that inflatables are not considered Type I because of the inflatable aspect. However, with all the talk of getting knocked out, are any of the inflatables - hydroastatic release or not - able to turn an unconscious person upright and head out of the water?
I accidentally got to test out one of my MIT100ís. Jumped in the water forgetting I had it on. I keep the torso straps fairly snug, and this seemed to make a big difference. There is a lot more buoyancy running vertically on either side of my chest than there is behind my head. Didnít do any extensive testing, but did float around for 10 min or so since I had already blown the cartridge. Seemed to do a good job. I can easily imagine that without a snug torso strap it would just float up and not do as well. It definitely doesn't flip you as hard as a type I, but I think itís a good compromise.
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