View Poll Results: Who wears life jackets in poker runs?
I wear them, my crew does not
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Everybody in the boat wears them
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Old 01-13-2006, 03:31 PM
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In all my previous "ejections", I was wearing a full race jacket. This saved me from suffering some broken ribs for sure. See: http://www.lifelinejackets.com/catal..._offshore.html

Below is the kind we wear for pleasure boating (Lifeline Hi-Per Jacket)

It's not as protective and won't keep an unconsious person face-up like the full race versions do, but it does have ballistic material/zippers and strong leg straps built for impact. (It won't get pulled off when you impact the water like some others).

Whatever you wear, make sure it's built to withstand 70mph impact with water and won't shred on you when you need it most.

These are built for up to 100mph impact. We ordered ours with graphics to match our boat.


and don't forget to keep your orange bricks on board to pass a boarding visit. The lifelines are far superior but are yet to be certified by the CG.
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Old 01-13-2006, 06:48 PM
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How strange is that the some people don't wear a LIFE jacket
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Old 01-13-2006, 06:52 PM
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I always wear my full race Lifeline. In fact I am ordering a Lifeline for my wife.
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Won't your body float after a couple of days underwater?
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:12 PM
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Won't your body float after a couple of days underwater?
That is not what happened at SOTW last year.
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Won't your body float after a couple of days underwater?
Depending on the waterway a body will normally be dismembered by marine life prior to floating.....

If someone doesn't survive a marine accident at least with a life jacket the body can be recovered and loved ones can achieve proper closer.... It leaves a terrible hole forever for families who never find the body of loved one and can't give them a proper burial with other deceased relatives.
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The kill switch is there. I just don't have a lanyard.

I'm 6'2" and i have a 27' Fountain. If you're that size, go sit down in that drivers seat with your knee up under the dash, then try to tell me i could get thrown out like that. Only way is if the boat flips.

If it were an 80 mph boat or if it had steps and did stupid things around turns, i might worry about it. But I fell far, far safer in my boat going 45 mph across the lake in 3 footers than i did in a 23' Sea-Ray going 18 mph in 1-2 footers. And i don't see too many people in sea-rays wearing life jackets.

I don't recall ever wearing a life jacket in the jet boat either (seadoo challenger 1800, went 50+). I wore the kill switch in that one, though.

Well well well.........see here
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and don't forget to keep your orange bricks on board to pass a boarding visit. The lifelines are far superior but are yet to be certified by the CG.
Nice....

I am glad you pointed that out. Like I am really going to pay that kind of money for a sporty vest when it's not even CG approved. You would think Lifeline would want to change that.

I can see the headlines now.
"Man dies in boating accident - Not wearing a CG approved PFD".
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Why haven't they been approved? Does anyone know?
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:44 AM
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CG approval is designed to meet requirements the "average" boater might encounter.

One reason the Lifeline isn't approved is that the CG requires that a jacket can be put on very quickly in case of an emergency. Lifelines - with the safety straps and zippers for high speeds - don't qualify.

But then, the CG is assuming that all jackets will be laying under the bow. We all know that people who buy Lifelines wear them all the while they are onboard. So that's not even an issue.

Another reason the racing jackets aren't approved is because of the "Face up" flotation feature, which makes swimming difficult. CG wants the jacket designed so that swimming is unrestricted, just in case a person has to swim away from a loose boat, etc.

But in boat racing or high speed boating, floating "Face up" could mean the difference between life or death if that person is unconscious. I'm far less concerned about being able to "swim".

So the Lifeline is perfect for me and my type of boating. I'll keep the cheap floaters under the dash to satisfy the law designed for the "average" boater.

See:
The design buoyancy (and distribution) of the device.
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mse4/pfdcom.htm

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