Posted 07 July 2004 - 12:57 AM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 02:35 AM
Make sure you get the right one,the right size and wear it!
A nice little life jacket anicdote-
Whilst fishing Bough Beech when it first opened to Pikers we had a few days of very rough weather.A lot,in fact the majority of the anglers there were very inexperienced in boats none of them had or were wearing the life jackets supplied by us.I overheard one of these people taking the **** out of a very experienced big water boat angler who was wearing one "Whats up Gord cant the legend swim?" he replied "Ay the legend can but his bloody parka cant" Summed it up for me.
Posted 07 July 2004 - 02:38 AM
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Posted 07 July 2004 - 02:41 AM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 01:56 PM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 03:12 PM
Also good idea to test it! (worth an inflator!) as you will find that it may ride up.
I have done MOB drills and they are excellent at inflating & righting you, but very hard work to swim in so remember to fit an MOB cutoff switch if you are likely to go out alone. Wellcome to the 'money pit' that is boat ownership!
Posted 08 July 2004 - 03:54 AM
the pamaris ones are certainly the cheapest i've seen, do you use one mick?
Posted 08 July 2004 - 01:17 PM
I once went to a Press Day at Crewsaver where all their models of buoyancy aids and life-jackets were demonstrated in the pool. As a non-swimmer I even volunteered to jump in the deep end fully clothed! It was quite a shock I can tell you!
However, what was emphasised was that the standard 150 Newton life-jacket isn't suitable when wearing heavy clothing, as of course is common when fishing. This is because, even though it will bring you to the surface, it won't always allow turn you up the right way due to air trapped in the clothing. You'd therefore be floating, but face down.
The answer is to get a 275 Newton life-jacket. They cost rather more, but as Budgie said how much do you value your life?
Also, make sure that you get a self-inflating model. A friend of mine, a strong swimmer, ducked to avoid a seagull, slipped and knocked himself out as he fell overboard. If he hadn't been wearing a self-inflating like-jacket he'd now be dead!
If you think you can't justify getting the right model, show this post to your loved ones. I bet between you the money is found!
[ 08. July 2004, 08:19 AM: Message edited by: Steve Burke ]
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Posted 08 July 2004 - 02:45 PM