Re: Inflatable PFD

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Posted by Nick Auyong on 2013-07-08 16:26:20 in reply to Inflatable PFD posted by Phil Brna on 2013-07-07 22:32:28

Phil-I would recommend a Sterns CO2 vest since it literally saved my life. You can get it for about a $100 on line and it has a 4.5 star rating. I have fished from boats in the ocean and lakes all my life without a pfd. Of course we always had them on board and figured if I went overboard I would be able to swim back to the boat. Four years ago on a lake in Utah, my Bayrunner flipped. Before we left for the trip, my wife insisted I get a proper PFD since I had just had leg surgery and was confined to a wheelchair. I didn't want a vest that restricted my casting and the salesman recommended the Sterns. At the lake, the guys lashed my chair to the bow of the skiff. I felt like a hood ornament, but it worked well until the weather got nasty. We decided to pull into a cove and wait the weather out. On 100% of the time, we FF with only two in the boat. On this trip a third buddy wanted to video tape the morning fishing. When we stopped, my two friends behind me decided to drop separate anchors at the same time. All of a sudden there was 600 plus pounds on one side of the skiff as my chair slid to the same side. I ended up under the boat. My vest automatically inflated and fortunately I could feel the rail of my skiff and pull myself into open water and backstroke to shore. One can also inflate this vest manually by pulling a cord or blowing into a stem by your chin. Last year, while shedding some clothes while on my pontoon, my vest with the co2 cartridge got submerged and the vest inflated. What I'm trying to suggest is that if you wade in deep water a lot this vest might not work for you. Another advantage is that it's so light you don't even notice you have a vest on.

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