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Old 10-27-2019, 07:48 PM
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I’ve read the threads, I’ve Googled the topic and I’ve read the limited articles I could find on line.

I need some help.

I fish inshore-Marsh fishing. Don’t go offshore. Have a small CC.

I like having a life jacket on when my boat is moving and, yes, I use my kill switch.

I Am thinking of buying a few inflatable (Mustang brand?) life jackets.

Anybody have any practical tips on these things? If you’ve used them and had good or bad experiences, I’d like to hear from you.

Thanks.

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Highly recommend the Mustang MIT 100. Very comfortable. Wear it pretty well all the time on the boat, and itís not hot or confining at all.
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Highly recommend the Mustang MIT 100. Very comfortable. Wear it pretty well all the time on the boat, and itís not hot or confining at all.
have you been caught out in the rain in it? Any issues with this?

how/where do you store it?

thanks
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Originally Posted by Bayou Dularge View Post
Iíve read the threads, Iíve Googled the topic and Iíve read the limited articles I could find on line.

I need some help.

I fish I shore Marsh fishing. Donít go offshore. Have a small CC.

I like having a life jacket on when my boat is moving and, yes, I use my kill switch.

I Am thinking of buying a few inflatable (Mustang brand?) life jackets.

Anybody have any practical tips on these things? If youíve used them and had good or bad experiences, Iíd like to hear from you.

Thanks.
Sure, I have the Mustang self inflating and really like them. You can also run a search on this site and see lots of info.
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Originally Posted by Bayou Dularge View Post


have you been caught out in the rain in it? Any issues with this?

how/where do you store it?

thanks
keep it in the house most of the time. No issues with rain. Only accidental discharge was due to me jumping in the water and forgetting I had it on.
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Very comfortable mine is not that specific brand,not sure if all of them have the feature that you can switch from self inflatable to manual.
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Mustang HIT, I have 6 of them on the boat for the adults, and I have Spinlock Deckvest Juniors for the kids.. They are not USCG approved!!! but here is Washington
https://www.fisheriessupply.com/spin...inflatable-pfd
I have been boarded and I have explained the situation and everyone has been AOK with it..
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No person shall operate a vessel under nineteen feet in length on the waters of this state with a child twelve years old and under, unless the child is wearing a personal flotation device that meets or exceeds the United States coast guard approval standards of the appropriate size, while the vessel is underway. For the purposes of this section, a personal flotation device is not considered readily accessible for children twelve years old and under unless the device is worn by the child while the vessel is underway. The personal flotation device must be worn at all times by a child twelve years old and under whenever the vessel is underway and the child is on an open deck or open cockpit of the vessel. The following circumstances are excepted:

My boat is over 19'... And yes I have Type I & II for everyone on board as well...
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They are great in my experience.
I'm bad at inspecting them every year though.
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Put a few on with a tank top or T-shirt. Make sure the neck area is comfortable. We wear west marine offshore inflatables from dock to dock. No problem being uncomfy.
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The ones with a collar are more comfortable to wear but even then I wear a collared shirt, if not wearing a jacket, etc.

Rain has never been an issue and I have jumped in the water intentionally, to have the pfd inflate, as a test.

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Originally Posted by Bayou Dularge View Post
Iíve read the threads, Iíve Googled the topic and Iíve read the limited articles I could find on line.

I need some help.

I fish I shore Marsh fishing. Donít go offshore. Have a small CC.

I like having a life jacket on when my boat is moving and, yes, I use my kill switch.

I Am thinking of buying a few inflatable (Mustang brand?) life jackets.

Anybody have any practical tips on these things? If youíve used them and had good or bad experiences, Iíd like to hear from you.

Thanks.
Ive sold and used them since they were invented maybe 25 years ago. Since we were in the kayak business we only sold the manual inflate as we knew kayakers would get wet . Since a type 5 will not keep your head above water if unconscious it makes no sense to me to own the higher maintenance self deploy types.
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Originally Posted by Bayou Dularge View Post


have you been caught out in the rain in it? Any issues with this?

how/where do you store it?

thanks
The Mustang HIT are pressure sensitive. Not specifically water sensitive.

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Until an unintentional inflation, I used to store mine in my CC boat which is under a roof but not enclosed. Now I keep it in my truck or house. I have been in some serious rain for up to 30 minutes with no problems
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
Ive sold and used them since they were invented maybe 25 years ago. Since we were in the kayak business we only sold the manual inflate as we knew kayakers would get wet . Since a type 5 will not keep your head above water if unconscious it makes no sense to me to own the higher maintenance self deploy types.
My first inflatable was only manual deployment. When I was in a "oh F--k" situation, I could not locate the pull cord. After a minute to calm down I realized I was reaching down for the pull cord because that is where it usually is 99.999% of the time. When in the water, the plastic handle of the cord floats up and out of its usual location. I also had injuries which made it more difficult to deploy.

I threw that PFD away and bought the auto inflate. Mine is a 8 year old Mustang and does scratch my neck after a few hours. I believe its time to find a new, more comfortable model.
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
Mustang HIT, I have 6 of them on the boat for the adults, and I have Spinlock Deckvest Juniors for the kids.. They are not USCG approved!!! but here is Washington
https://www.fisheriessupply.com/spinlock-deckvest-cento-junior-automatic-inflatable-pfd
I have been boarded and I have explained the situation and everyone has been AOK with it..
State law
No person shall operate a vessel under nineteen feet in length on the waters of this state with a child twelve years old and under, unless the child is wearing a personal flotation device that meets or exceeds the United States coast guard approval standards of the appropriate size, while the vessel is underway. For the purposes of this section, a personal flotation device is not considered readily accessible for children twelve years old and under unless the device is worn by the child while the vessel is underway. The personal flotation device must be worn at all times by a child twelve years old and under whenever the vessel is underway and the child is on an open deck or open cockpit of the vessel. The following circumstances are excepted:

My boat is over 19'... And yes I have Type I & II for everyone on board as well...
That's solid info right there. Inland lakes in SC are also exempt from kids wearing their vest. Mine do, but always looking for something more comfortable for the summertime when it's pushing 100 here.
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I know you asked about self-inflating, but I'll toss this out there while we are on the topic of inflatable PFDs. For most of my boating life I didn't wear a PFD on my personal boat. I wore them on the Coast Guard boats, and just wanted the feel of the ocean air on my body when I wasn't working. Inflatables changed that. With the launch of the belt style inflatables, I finally found a PFD so comfortable and non-confining that I would wear it on a boat. I use a manual inflating PFD. Of all the PFDs on the market, it affords the lowest level of protection. A deep dive into accident stats tells me this style PFD would make a life saving difference in the overwhelming majority of cases. I keep better PFDs readily available on the motor boat.



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Originally Posted by VesselCalling View Post
My first inflatable was only manual deployment. When I was in a "oh F--k" situation, I could not locate the pull cord. After a minute to calm down I realized I was reaching down for the pull cord because that is where it usually is 99.999% of the time. When in the water, the plastic handle of the cord floats up and out of its usual location. I also had injuries which made it more difficult to deploy.

I threw that PFD away and bought the auto inflate. Mine is a 8 year old Mustang and does scratch my neck after a few hours. I believe its time to find a new, more comfortable model.

Would you mind telling that story of how you ended up in the water with injuries?
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There are newer versions that appear to stay off the neck..

Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I know you asked about self-inflating, but I'll toss this out there while we are on the topic of inflatable PFDs. For most of my boating life I didn't wear a PFD on my personal boat. I wore them on the Coast Guard boats, and just wanted the feel of the ocean air on my body when I wasn't working. Inflatables changed that. With the launch of the belt style inflatables, I finally found a PFD so comfortable and non-confining that I would wear it on a boat. I use a manual inflating PFD. Of all the PFDs on the market, it affords the lowest level of protection. A deep dive into accident stats tells me this style PFD would make a life saving difference in the overwhelming majority of cases. I keep better PFDs readily available on the motor boat.

Have you ever tried to put on PFD while in the water? If you haven't, you should try it.


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Have you ever tried to put on PFD while in the water? If you haven't, you should try it.


In calm water a type 3 is easy to put on the the water. A type 1 isn't. I have never done it in rough water, but obviously the rougher the water, the more complicated.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
In calm water a type 3 is easy to put on the the water. A type 1 isn't. I have never done it in rough water, but obviously the rougher the water, the more complicated.
How about the one you wear on your waist?

I agree with the type 3 being pretty easy to don, while in the water. My ditch bag has one wrapped around it, for that reason.

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