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39 degrees
Posted 6/3/2023 12:21 PM (#1021312 - in reply to #1021295)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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dickP - 6/3/2023 7:15 AM

For those familiar with Mustang hydrostatic vests is this the one recommended?
https://mustangsurvival.com/collections/approval-rating_type-iii/pro...

Sorry i am not near my vest to verify the model.
RLSea
Posted 6/3/2023 10:49 PM (#1021320 - in reply to #1021295)
Subject: Re: PFDs




Posts: 486


Location: Northern Illinois
dickP - 6/3/2023 7:15 AM

For those familiar with Mustang hydrostatic vests is this the one recommended?
https://mustangsurvival.com/collections/approval-rating_type-iii/pro...


Yes that has to be the one. Mine is model MD5183 and when I search that number on the website the Elite 28 comes up. Mine must be an earlier model because it just says Elite Inflatable PFD.

Edited by RLSea 6/3/2023 11:01 PM
dickP
Posted 6/4/2023 6:44 AM (#1021321 - in reply to #1021320)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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Thanks!!
chuckski
Posted 6/6/2023 3:27 PM (#1021392 - in reply to #1021095)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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Just saw where 4 guys got rescued off the coast of New jersey, there boat was sinking and upside down and the Life Jackets were stowed in the cabin. good thing a boat was around.
North of 8
Posted 5/12/2024 4:13 PM (#1028389 - in reply to #1021095)
Subject: Re: PFDs




In today's paper, sobering statistic on boating deaths in WI last year. Crashes and deaths were both up. Of the deaths, 27 of the 28 who died were not wearing a PFD.

The other stat that stood out was that of the crashes, over 50% involved alcohol use.
chuckski
Posted 5/13/2024 8:05 AM (#1028394 - in reply to #1021095)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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Therre's a State park 7 miles from my home where a they wooden box at the landing full of loaners (life vest) to use if you forgot one or add a friend at the lake ECT.
gimruis
Posted 5/13/2024 8:44 AM (#1028396 - in reply to #1021095)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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I've been out 3 times this spring (twice panfishing, once bass fishing) and I would say that 95% of the people I see in boats do not have a PFD on. The water has been 60 degrees or less every time too, so its still quite cold.

Until they make it mandatory that you have to wear one, the majority of people just aren't going to do it. I am now actually wondering if most people are using a required kill switch on their motors.
mikie
Posted 5/13/2024 11:20 AM (#1028400 - in reply to #1028396)
Subject: Re: PFDs





Location: Athens, Ohio
I wore mine last week. m

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Edited by mikie 5/13/2024 11:20 AM
RyanJoz
Posted 5/13/2024 9:08 PM (#1028410 - in reply to #1021295)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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Location: Mt. Zion, IL
dickP - 6/3/2023 7:15 AM

For those familiar with Mustang hydrostatic vests is this the one recommended?
https://mustangsurvival.com/collections/approval-rating_type-iii/pro...

https://mustangsurvival.com/collections/inflatable-pfds/products/hit...

This is the one I wear. It is not as thin as the bps, but I prefer that it has 38 lbs buoyancy compared to 24 like the other brands. It has been 5 years or so since comparing specs, but that is what I remember.
OH Musky
Posted 5/22/2024 4:58 PM (#1028581 - in reply to #1021095)
Subject: Re: PFDs




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Location: SW Ohio
I have, and wear, a Cabelas inflatable. I agree the neck area is stiff and can rub ya raw. I used some moleskin to stick to the vest and it works well.

I also have a BPS foam vest as a backup if it’s raining. Keep in mind some states don’t recognize an inflatable as one of your mandatory lifevests if you’re stopped for a safety check if you’re not wearing it. Came up during my only safety check in 2022. Check your local regs.
North of 8
Posted 5/22/2024 8:34 PM (#1028590 - in reply to #1028581)
Subject: Re: PFDs




OH Musky - 5/22/2024 4:58 PM

I have, and wear, a Cabelas inflatable. I agree the neck area is stiff and can rub ya raw. I used some moleskin to stick to the vest and it works well.

I also have a BPS foam vest as a backup if it’s raining. Keep in mind some states don’t recognize an inflatable as one of your mandatory lifevests if you’re stopped for a safety check if you’re not wearing it. Came up during my only safety check in 2022. Check your local regs.


I know in WI, the inflatable does not count as a throwable but I think it would count as a life jacket for in the boat. (Because of some issues with skin cancer and lectures from a dermatologist, I always wear a buff now when fishing so the neck chafing is a thing of the past)
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