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Shopping for a new PFD #14833924 04/29/20
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This is the 3rd year of a full restoration of my 1988 16' Smoker Craft Magnum 162. It will be completed within a week. I'm looking at Type I and III life preservers. The Stearns I600 is a finalist due to the buoyancy of 22 pounds, obviously suitable off shore use. Also considering the Type III Mustang Survival Search and Rescue model. I'm soon to be 66 years young, at 6' 3"and weighing in at 225. I have a 40 year old Stearns but I think it's time to retire it. I'd also consider an inflatable, might not get roasted so bad in hot weather What can you guys recommend?


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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14834089 04/29/20
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I use a Mustang inflatable. The PFD and kill switch are life savers.


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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14834093 04/29/20
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I just posted a couple of photos of the Smoker Craft restoration in the image gallery. Yup the "Kill Switch" lanyard is a life saver.

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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14834263 04/29/20
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That's a very nice looking boat, pinback.


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Most should work well, make Shure you wear it.


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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14834355 04/29/20
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I fish lakes, but an inflatable tends to get worn when a regular one tends to get stowed/not worn. A couple things to note, an inflatable doesn’t ‘count’ per coast guard regs unless it is worn. In other words, make sure you have a foam one on board as well. Someone on the fire said they fish quite a few old guys out of the lake dead with their fly down and no life jacket on. Unzip to take a leak and fall off the boat and can’t get back onboard. I really like the comfort of an inflatable.

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Get the inflatable, you'll hardly notice your wearing it.


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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14835156 04/30/20
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I'm about your size and 73 years old. I bought this one off Amazon last year and really like it. The shape of the neck fits me much better than my old one, especially with a hoody on. I wear it anytime I'm on the boat. It has the increased buoyancy I was looking for. Well made and Money well spent. Don't forget it uses a larger CO2 cylinder for recharge, which is also available.

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Inflatable, just remember to store it in a dry area.


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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14835486 04/30/20
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Another vote for the auto inflatable. I bought a couple for wife and I. Found them on sale thru West Marine. Awesome and since I fish alone most time I always wear it. My promise to her.

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Originally Posted by gkt5450
Another vote for the auto inflatable. I bought a couple for wife and I. Found them on sale thru West Marine. Awesome and since I fish alone most time I always wear it. My promise to her.


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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #14922271 05/29/20
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I have both went back to old-style heard stories of some failing to inflate when needed, lanyard to kill switch is a must, plus loop of rope tied to stern that you can step in to get back in the boat. In our cold waters in Alaska if you go overboard even with life jacket you may not make it! Last night running on local river, river rescue were training in full suits. If you fly comercial most will not let you fly with self inflator cartridges.

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Re: Shopping for a new PFD [Re: pinback01] #15067720 07/20/20
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KK not being a ball buster but I just don't see the inflatables not being dependable
I agree in your cold water everything must work and even so survival is tough
That being said I would wear my inflatable if I was on your boat and have no worries

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