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Careful Pfd

bass or bass?

Moderator
Always wear your pfd. On my boat, if the big motor is running, pfd's are on. Anchored or on the trolling motor, I usually remove it. When I fire up the big motor to move, the pfd gets put on again. This rule applies to anybody in the boat. Kids wear theirs at all times.
 

Razor

-PROFESSIONAL-
That's a smart idea to wear them... but if you don't wear them, at least keep them in a boat in case of an emergency... the wildlife officers always give tickets to those people that do not have PFD's in their boat.

If you know how to swim, that's not an excuse to not wear a life jacket!

I totally agree with you BASS OR BASS?
 

RAK

Freshwater Angler
In my area there has been many accidents where people drowned because they did not wear them. Most of those accidents are in the spring. Storms, Rocks, wind can flip and destroy a boat. I had times where I would go out on the water on a good day and the wind would hit. 15 mins later the winds are up to 20 mph.
 
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greatdane

Member
My wife is a Coroner and has had too many drownings where the life jackets were neatly stored. Even when the boat was up side down.
My advise is to find one that is comfy or one of the new self inflating ones and wear it all the time.
Alan.
 

bass or bass?

Moderator
The ones I have in my boat are mesh tops with flotation panels front and rear. Very comfortable and breathable due to the mesh. This is Arizona and the temps can easily be 115 during the day in summer, and it is no more uncomfortable with or without these pfd's on.
 

bass or bass?

Moderator
Someone posted on one of the other sites where I'm a member about wearing your pfd when fishing alone in case of death and falling in the water so that your body can be found easily. This is a very good point as I know of at least two instances locally of a fisherman slipping off the side of the boat, hitting his head, and drowning while trying to urinate over the side of the boat. Personally, I keep a 20 ounce plastic beer mug in my boat for this purpose, then empty it in the water and rinse it out before re-storing it. Several days ago here in Phoenix, an experienced scuba diver, while diving the wrecked old dam at Lake Pleasant, never surfaced with his diving buddies. The sheriff's office called off the search for his body today. This family may never find the body of their loved one.
Be careful, think ahead, DON'T try to stand on the edge of your boat! Think of the anguish your family could be subjected to. Wear your pfd!
 

CRA

Member
you should have your PFD on at all times, even if the big motor isn't running. It's not so much your driving, it's the other guy's.

About two weeks ago I witness a boat Tbone a stationary boat. He was driving in the hole and didn't see them. Fortunately, the only injury was someone that had bruised ribs. I paddled over and lent a hand by assisting people from the boat that got hit and in poor condition to the colliding boat. Could have gone another way.

Another recent incident in La Crosse, where a boater's anchor caught a rock and it tipped the boat enough to take water. I've seen this enough times with canoes and kayaks, but never a boat. He was lucky a DNR was in the area and saw his equipment floating down river. He radio'd it in and performed the rescue.

The last circumstance I want to provide for your consideration: according to a DNR report I recently saw, there is a number of male boating fatalities where the individual was found with the pants zipper down. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but the theory behind this is that men are going to the bathroom off the side of the boat and get rocked out.
 
I agree, I have a pfd I just hate, it's so uncomfortable in the kayak. I'll find myself taking it off after about 15 minutes of paddling.

I'll be looking at the mesh and also inflatables you guys talked about hopefully they'll work for me
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bass or bass?

Moderator
I'm wearing a mesh top pfd in my avatar photo. BPS and Cabela's both sell their own brands and they are available from West Marine and many other sources. Mine cost @ $50.
 

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CRA

Member
This is a blurb from one of the organizations I do photography for and write for.

"Side note from the Northern Divisional this week - Would like to give a moment of extreme gratitude to Gary Adkins and Josh Pratt for saving the lives of two other competitors today who fell out of their boats today...one got swept under a log jam and the other fell in the lock and was getting swept down....Two near tragic incidents avoided today b/c of their bravery."

Just a reminder of how important it is to wear your life jacket. These guys are all professional fishermen in the middle of a tournament and it only took a second to lose control of their boat. Apparently, they hit an underwater snag and were knocked out of the boat while they were fishing. I don't have anymore details than that at this point; and not sure if I'm interested in pursing the story past this.
 
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Halfa

Guest
the rules here in PA are you dont jave to wear em if you are over the age of 12. I have a 13 and 16 yr old. I havent told them they do not have to wear them I just tell them it is mandatory by the Fish and Boat Commission... and also explain to them them the hazards and tragedies that happen and can happen. This is a Great Thread.
 

Lohycore

Member
PFD's are like seat belts; uncomfortable at all times, but once you get used of wearing them, you forget they are there. There are some fairly comfortable vests out there these days, so buy one and wear it, especially around the kids. Teach them an important lesson while staying safe.
 

dugger

Bronze Member
Wanted to bring this one back to add a point ! I have overlooked and probably some of you guys ! I often take people that have never been on a boat or very seldom are on a boat and new to your boat ! PFDs should have the straps adjusted to each individual on your boat instead of stowed away just to comply with boat regs as they won't work if they are not being worn so if you like them enough to have them on your boat! Like them enough to take the time and fit them properly with a PFD!
 

bass or bass?

Moderator
Right on dugger! The rules on my boat are this; when the big motor is running, all occupants are wearing a PFD! Period!. I have 4 of the mesh top PFDs I've described in 3 sizes. Don't want to wear it? Fish with someone else!!
 
Pfd's are a must for everyone as far as I am concerned, lost a friend a few years ago because he did not have his on while by himself. You just have to try them on and find one that is comfortable and lets you move around, also be sure to check the rating and make sure it will support you for a few hours.
 

gambler

Member
I agree, I have a pfd I just hate, it's so uncomfortable in the kayak. I'll find myself taking it off after about 15 minutes of paddling.

I'll be looking at the mesh and also inflatables you guys talked about hopefully they'll work for me <><

I don't know that you would like a mesh top pfd for use in a kayak. They take the floatation that would normally be in the shoulders and move it to the front and back of the pfd. This makes the pfd thicker and more uncomfortable if you sit in a seat that has a back. I would try one out before I bought it.
 
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