Self-Inflating vests? Yes or no? What exact ones if yes

Discussion in 'Washington Fishing Reports' started by TonyG, May 15, 2017.

  1. TonyG

    TonyG I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yeah, that's me too. 4 more HITs on the way for 6 total. Hard to deny the wisdom of wearing them fulltime. Going to actually put my name on one so I know which one is adjusted for me. Ditto one for my wife, son and fishing buddy.
     
  2. Reel Hooker

    Reel Hooker I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I wear mine from dock to dock. Period, no matter how hot it is out. I used to make crew wear all day. Now i say 100% on Bar crossing and if they don't when we fish that's their life. Mine is worth a lot to me, I have kids to provide for so I gotta get home.
     
  3. Reel Hooker

    Reel Hooker I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yours is a different color, that's easiest. You put your name on it, someone may think youre a freakin' yard and forget your own name, LOL
     
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  4. TonyG

    TonyG I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Neither confirm nor deny the second purpose to putting my name on my vest.
     
  5. Titan

    Titan I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Mine is the dirtiest, most worn out one with caked fish blood all over. No need for a name tag.
     
  6. TonyG

    TonyG I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    See above where I'm replacing mine with new ones. They didn't have an option for pre-shitted-up models.
     
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  7. TunaHore

    TunaHore World Champion Boat Ho

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    I developed the following PFD plan for me

    I think Mustang Survival does a great job explaining the Type's of PFDs.
    https://www.mustangsurvival.com/blog/2011-04/five-types-pfds?country=25

    Important to Note - Type II and Type III (water ski style vest and float coats) are less effective at righting you if you are face down. For me - I do not currently have any Type II or III PFDs in my plans. Not saying they are not useful, just not something I currently need or use.

    There is a a very important detail that is left out of the discussion about inflatables. Everyone agrees that Inflatables are more comfortable than Horseshoes (type I) , but that is only true on the boat. In the water, Horseshoes are not only more effective at providing flotation, they are also more comfortable for extended periods of time.

    And inflatables are inherently less reliable than Type I.

    Day to day, doing my job or fishing, I wear an inflatable, because it is more comfortable. So, if I fall in the water - I have something.

    But if I have a moment to prepare, I will be switching to my Type I. With one exception - I upgraded and got myself a SOLAS Immersion Suit. So, I will be donning the immersion suit, before I snap the horseshoe around my neck.
     
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  8. Chtucker

    Chtucker Lowe boat denter

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    Have you considered this
    http://www.kentsafetyproducts.com/p...cket-1/commercial-shipping_life-jackets?pp=24

    It is a VEST type 1. It looks somewhat comfortable but might be hot
     
  9. TunaHore

    TunaHore World Champion Boat Ho

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  10. KimH

    KimH Someday I'll live the dream.

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    60 seconds Bubba, 60 seconds. You should be able to get into the suit in 60 seconds.

    One trick to get into the suit with your shoes on is store a couple of plastic bags in the suit or bag. Slip the bags over your shoes which allows them to slide into the suit easily.

    No hats. If you are wearing a beanie take it off and stuff it inside the suit before you zip up. You want to make a good seal at the hood so water has less of a chance to get inside, it does. With my bald head I make a good seal...:D:D
     
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  11. TunaHore

    TunaHore World Champion Boat Ho

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    Thanks for the advice brother. I need to practice a little more, but yeah I am getting pretty quick. and I am bald as well now, so yup - good seal. I like the tip about the bags for shoes. Gotta grab my suit and give it a try.
     
  12. Titan

    Titan I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    50% off West Marine sale.

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