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Old 06-06-2008, 08:18 AM
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[QUOTE=got twins ?;2581367]Go to the Mustang site/QUOTE]

Ditto! I got one of these. I think I paid around $100. 100 MPH impact rating.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/produ...p?id=460&mc=74
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:38 AM
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My personal preference is to go one of three ways.

1. If you can afford Lifeline, go for them. Remember they are not USCG approved so you must have backups on board.

2. Buy whatever 100mph vest you like the best in your price range and buy the legstraps from Mustang, (or make your own with 100mph straps and buckles), and you are almost as good as Lifelines.

3. Stearns Trophy series, (and probably some others), are USCG approved, come in about three colors, have neck flotation and leg straps, and are only about $60 from most stores, or around $35 on EBAY most of the time.

The key for me is to make sure you have at least three 1 1/2" straps and leg straps of some kind. The upright collar is nice in case you're knocked out.
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Sorry, my pockets aren't as deep as most of you guys. I can't really afford to spend $2000 on 5 life jackets.
I'm with you there! lol I went this route. It's pretty comfortable and meets my needs. Check it out.

http://www.rocknrescue.com/acatalog/..._SAR_Vest.html
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SRP also makes a good jacket
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Are Lifeline jackets Coast Guard approved yet?
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$4.99 orange ones at Wal-Mart.....
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Overton's has some really nice reasonably priced "water ski" style vests. They are Coast Guard approved and have the straps to keep them from coming off. I think they were around $35 each on sale.
My Comp seats 5 so I have 5 of those, 5 inflatables, and 3 Lifelines.
The inflatables are only CC approved if you are wearing them. I use them in the everyday use of the boat. When it is time to run hard, I will only do it with one or two other people on board, I break out the lifelines.
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I'm with you there! lol I went this route. It's pretty comfortable and meets my needs. Check it out.

http://www.rocknrescue.com/acatalog/..._SAR_Vest.html
That's the Trophy Series. It comes in orange, black and bayberry I think. On Ebay they're about $35.
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Sorry, my pockets aren't as deep as most of you guys. I can't really afford to spend $2000 on 5 life jackets.
That will be of great comfort to everyone who attends the wake.

Buy Lifelines or risk your life and the life of your passengers.

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That will be of great comfort to everyone who attends the wake.

Buy Lifelines or risk your life and the life of your passengers.

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I have 2 very good friends that would have been ran over and most likley killed in a poker run had they been wearing conventional style life jackets. When theres boats behind you running above 100 mph and you get ejected you are nothing but a floating turn buoy.

I guess its the lesser of the 2 evils, stay afloat and hope not to be ran over, or save your last breath to inflate your suspenders.
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