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 Post subject: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:41 am 
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Does anyone have any experience with inflatable life vests? If so, would you recommend them? If not, what would you recommend? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:36 am 
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not for the Bravo as they activate on a certain degree of wetness...


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:04 am 
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Zhik makes a very close fitting vest that is not at all obtrusive. Just bought one and I think it will replace my Cabelas inflatable. Nothing wrong with the inflatable, but due to the amount of water I get hit with when sailing I don't trust it not to go off at the wrong time. Generally they have to submerged - the occasional splash won't do it. Still, in rougher conditions there might be enough water there to do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:26 am 
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ajameslee wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with inflatable life vests? If so, would you recommend them? If not, what would you recommend? Thanks.

No problem using the Hobie version - they are not automatic, you must pull the tab to deploy it - so no threat of accidental inflation.

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:41 am 
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Good point - some of the inflatables are strictly manual and won't automatically deploy no matter what.


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:04 am 
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It's personal choice, but be aware that any fall on the dock, or knock to your head can cause you to be disoriented or worse for 30 seconds to a minute. If that happens with a manually operated inflatable PFD, you run a slightly higher risk.

Having said that, I'm thinking about getting the inflatable type myself. There are days where I sail the Bravo that I end up taking the PFD off, and tying it to an accessory line that I've attached to my hiking straps. There are other days where I would definitely wear my PFD, and would not want an inflatable.

Keep in mind the risks, and consider having a traditional life jacket with you for days where the inflatable may not be as ideal.

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:18 am 
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Location: Saint John, NB Canada sailing on Washademoak Lake
The safest and ideal solution is to find the most comfortable PFD (not lifejacket) you can find, and always wear it. I used to sit on mine because it was not comfortable, until I find one that is comfortable. I got a kayak style PFD. Go to a few stores and try different ones.

Recently pitchpoled and my friend hit his back pretty bad on one of the cleats on his way for a swim. He's a lifeguard so a good swimmer, but was still happy to be wearing a PFD while getting his bearings. A blow to the head would have been worse.

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:46 am 
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Thanks everybody. Something to think about. If I were to get the Hobie jacket, how often would the cartridge need to be replaced?

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:51 am 
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Every time you inflate it. You can also inflate by mouth, but once the cartridge is triggered... You have to install a new one.

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:45 am 
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What I mean to say was, if it's not been used, does the cartridge need to be replaced periodically anyway or does it have an unlimited life?


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:40 am 
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If not pierced, should last for many years. Many say infinite if kept clean and dry... rust free.

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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:37 pm 
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and for what it's worth most airlines won't allow you to take the cartridge on an aircraft. I've read about guys having to take them out when going to regattas and I've had to remove them from tire inflation kits when I travelled with my bicycle.

This in spite of the fact that it doesn't contravene any regulations and every life jacket on the plane inflates that way.

Just sayin ...


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:08 am 
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BigWhoop wrote:
and for what it's worth most airlines won't allow you to take the cartridge on an aircraft. I've read about guys having to take them out when going to regattas and I've had to remove them from tire inflation kits when I travelled with my bicycle.

This in spite of the fact that it doesn't contravene any regulations and every life jacket on the plane inflates that way.

Just sayin ...


Always forget to take mine out after the Newport to Bermuda race.


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 Post subject: Re: Life Jackets?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:23 pm 
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They're explicitly allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage on the TSA website (http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items), but a lot of the agents don't know their own rules.

I know some people who've had luck with taping a printout of the TSA regulations to the lifejacket with the relevant section highlighted. I suppose you could also stick the jacket in your carry on, and when they try to take them out make them go look up the regulation, but I wouldn't try this one unless you have a long time before your flight...

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