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Old 04-20-2004, 11:36 PM
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Lifeline high performance "pleasure" jackets are the ticket. For $275.00 it worth every penny
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Old 04-20-2004, 11:48 PM
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I own two of those (w/ my custom colors) as well as two of the full race jackets too.

You never can have too many of them.... and the resale value is always good too.

A little unknown fact:
If down the road the jacket becomes too small, Lifeline has extender zippers you can buy to add a little more "room" LOL.
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I ordered inflatables one time and before they arrived I remembered what happened to some friends when they stuffed at a poker run with no jackets on. I canceled that ordered and ordered the lifeline poker run jackets for the padding and keep enough of the cheap jackets on board to be legal.

I have a sit down boat and I installed the velcro lap straps from tiger. I love the straps and keep them loose enough so I can use my knees as springs if I'm going to hit hard.

Another item I added this year for maintenance and safety are drive temp gauges. Hopefully the drive temperature will rise if there is a drive problem and before it breaks. How many bad cat accidents have been from drives breaking??? I did have one of the motors quit at 90 mph with no serious change in handling though.
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Hey BK-
they had to make that one special- their large only goes to a 48" chest width, and I have a 52" width. Also, they cut down the back some to make it more of a "v" style, due to a 33" waist. It took them 3 weeks to get it to me at NO EXTRA CHARGE, and they only charged $5.00 for embroidery name on other side. Not looking to resale this puppy.
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I would be concerned about the inflatable even being still on you if you crashed at high speed. Mine aren't lifelines, but they will give a little cushion, wheras an inflatable gives you none.

As to the part about staying in a rolled boat, you may still be in the boat, but your neck may be broken.
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I didnt mean staying in a rolled boat. I meant how many boats actually roll vs. hook or whatever and just eject the occupants.
 
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The other solution would be not to get a stepped hull....
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The other solution would be not to get a stepped hull....
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SRP also make a nice looking "Poker Run" jacket....very sharp...and safe...
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The other solution would be not to get a stepped hull....
Yes and NO

First it does seem that Stepped hulls are going to cost all of us in increased insurance sooner rather then later. One of my big problems is that people are buying these boats and the dealers never instruct them on how to drive. Anyhow that is another topic all together.

For the jackets. When you race you are required to not only have your Life Line jacket but also have your CG Appoved on board as well. If in a accident I think it would be easy to show/prove that a life like is a FAR supperior jacket to say the 10 buck sterens.

I wear my jacket when I am boating alone ALWAYS. I run my boat harder when I am solo vs. when I have others on board.

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