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Inflatable Life Vest ?

1/9/16 @ 8:40 AM
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Go-Fish
MEMBER since 3/17/02
Anybody wear an inflatable life vest while fishing? Like most people that I see on the water, I haven't put a life jacket on in over 50 years. They are too bulky and hot, but now that I have a titanium shoulder, I am pretty sure my swimming ability will not be what it once was.

I hear "Auto Inflate" life jackets inflate by themselves in hot weather or while in a hot storage compartment. "Manual Inflate" units solve that problem but if I am going to spend the bucks and I am wearing it for "Safety" I feel I should get one with all available "Safety" features.

Anybody using either of these ? Can anyone recommend a good one?

Mike

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TODAY @ 4:31 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04
striker ice fishing suit is more of a friend then life jacket in that cold water condition. 

TODAY @ 3:29 PM
Tuffy2
MEMBER since 7/7/04

Actually inflatables are not a good option for really cold water <40*. When the water is that cold a conventional vest is your best protection. A permanently mounted boarding ladder is the best option of surviving an overboard fall. This is especially true if you are a senior citizen.

TODAY @ 9:38 AM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04

Let's talk about safety. Fishing in water in the low 40's, if you go overboard and can't climb up your motor and get back in the boat you have close to a half hour before you get so cold you pass out from exposure, (same thing when breaking thru ice fishing). Inflatables are a great warm weather option. I rarely fish alone but many do and it makes safety sense to have and wear a PFD of some kind. Having a throwable on board is a good idea even if one isn't required in smaller boats. Last summer a family friend goosed the throttle on his new motor and flipped himself out the back if his new outboard. The boat slowly idled in a big circle and he grabbed it and dragged himself back into the boat. No small feat for a seventy plus year old guy not wearing a life jacket.

9/21/20 @ 3:04 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

manual ones are good if you are trying to meet regulatory or tournament rules but not truly worried about safety.  

9/19/20 @ 11:49 PM
Tuffy2
MEMBER since 7/7/04

Edge- You are 100% correct.

It’s like the people who put their life-jacket over the seat back and buckle it up. Do they think when they go overboard they will have the opportunity to get back in the boat and put it on before drowning?

9/19/20 @ 11:26 AM
Edge
User since 2/28/07

Wouldn't a manual inflate be useless if you get thrown in the water and knocked unconscious?

9/19/20 @ 10:25 AM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

things to know... WI law on lifejackets:

  • All vessels (including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards) must have at least one USCG-approved Wearable life jacket for each person on board.   
  • All vessels 16 feet or more in length must have one USCG-approved Throwable personal flotation device on board that is immediately accessible.   
  • Every person on board a personal watercraft must wear a USCG-approved life jacket
  • Sailboards and windsurfers are exempt from life jacket requirement, but are highly encouraged to wear one.   
  • Federal law requires children under the age of 13 to wear a USCG-approved life jacket while underway in an open vessel on federally controlled waters.

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/Topic/Boat/LifeJackets

9/19/20 @ 9:19 AM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04

I purchased some boat junk from West Marine, so one day I get a mailer ad for 2 inflatables for 99 dollars. They were pull cord models and I bought them. Like Fish Hound said, they need to be worn to be legal if you get checked. Interesting story about the guy who almost suffocated because he had it on under a rain jacket when it went off. I checked mine by inflating it manually (yes, I read the directions), and I duct taped the floppy little pull handle out of the way to prevent a 25 dollar accidental inflation so I'm good to go. My fishing bud promptly bought the other one.

9/19/20 @ 9:17 AM
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BâssÂddîçt ©¸
MEMBER since

One thing you must do when you buy an inflatable life jacket

Go try them on you're going to be wearing them all day

The most expensive one might be the most uncomfortable one to wear

I don't look at the price tag 

 will I wear this all the time 

And not hanging on the back of my boat seat



9/18/20 @ 8:40 AM
wini
User since 3/27/06

I purchased two from Bass Pro about five years ago. They were on sale for 80 bucks. I shopped all the brands including Mustang. I could not justify buying Mustang. I have been happy with my purchase. No problem wearing them even in hot weather. You hardly know you have them on. Fortunately, I have not experienced in inflation caused by being in the water. However, my son-in-law was wearing one and accidentally caused inflation. One of the choices you have to make is the pull cord. On mine, it hangs out the bottom. I'm sure it would be very available if you were in the water. On the other hand, it is easy to accidentally get hooked on something causing an inflation. I chose to add a piece of Velcro which keeps it inside. Yes I would have to struggle a little bit more to reach it if an accident occurred, but I think I could deliberately inflate when necessary. Remember to buy an adjustable one. The size you need while wearing a T-shirt on a summer day is very different than the size you need while wearing a lot of clothing.

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