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Old 12-08-2018, 09:36 AM
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Default Need a new fishing life vest for use on a boat. What are you using?

i have a life vest that I wear on the boat. It is the chinook, which was great for kayak fishing. Not so great if you’re standing, as they are very compact and bulky if that makes sense. Like strapping a 4” x12” thick piece of fiat to my Gut. I am also 6’7” so it just looks funny and gets in the way.

looking for something a little less bulky. Some of the water sport vests are attractive. Also looking at auto inflated vest but for some reason I am skeptical.

What at do you guys recommend.

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How it looks is that important for a life vest when out at sea??
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
How it looks is that important for a life vest when out at sea??
yep. Thanks for playing.
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Auto inflatable all day long, along with a kill switch at all times when running.
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Auto inflatable all day long, along with a kill switch at all times when running.
Yep. I have an auto inflatable that I use when kayak fishing and boating. So does my wife.
I always hook up the kill switch when running.
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Any particular brands better than others?
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I have a Mustang and it's great, it's red but when inflated it's bright yellow. Just don't store it in a really damp location.
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Mustang is what I have. I'm sure there are comparable brands out there for less money but I was more concerned about quality when I bought my first one, and the reviews were good on Mustang.
I'm on my second one and I did a little research then and went with Mustang again for me as well as my wife.
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Mine is a mustang. If it is a disolving pill style vest store it indoors. Change the inflation cartridge per manufacturers requirements, every other year if I remember correctly.
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Mustang auto-inflate, Auto tether, small ACR PLB in the pocket, strobe attached.
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Mustang auto inflatable
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A few years ago, i went back to wearing my old-school zip-up PFD. I still have my hydro-static vests but I tend to favor the old-school PFD with full flotation built in.

Reason: I heard a pretty harrowing story that involved a hydro-static vest almost causing a drowning. A group of guys were out halibut fishing in a 27 foot Defiance. It was November, crumby sea conditions. One of the fishermen wrapped a good shot of braid around one of the props of their twin Yamahas. When trying to get the boat back over a bar into the harbor, the seas had built to 15 footers ---a booming outgoing tide stacking up against a big wind. With only one outboard, the captain couldn't properly climb up the face of a wave and stay on the backside .....the boat went over the top, down into the trough, and pitch-poled upside down. Five guys got out OK but the captain, wearing a hydro-static vest got trapped in the wheelhouse, under-water. When the vest deployed he couldn't make it through the narrow door way of the wheelhouse---he finally had to puncture the inflated chambers with a knife to get out of there.....

Definitely got me thinking about getting into that kind of situation---I have a similar boat design, very steep bow entry, a very squirrelly boat in a following sea that loves to bow-steer....

If that story isn't enough to dissuade you, I suggest that all you guys who wear hydro-static or CO2 inflatable vests and feel comfortable and safe wearing them, Please have a look at this vimeo:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/132245870









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Inshore in the bay I wear what is comfortable. I have a couple more in my "Oh poop" bag.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/boat...0.uts?slotId=0

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