Life jacket

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nysaag
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Life jacket

Post by nysaag » June 7th, 2020, 8:16 am

Any suggestions for light unobtrusive life preserver to wear while rowing in a single?
Thanks for your suggestions.

Cyclist2
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Re: Life jacket

Post by Cyclist2 » June 7th, 2020, 11:12 am

West Marine, www.westmarine.com/paddlesports-life-jackets has various PFD's. When required I wear an inflatable waist belt, but there are over the head types, see Mustang Survival, www.mustangsurvival.com/collections/inflatable-pfds.
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Rvanvoris
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Re: Life jacket

Post by Rvanvoris » June 27th, 2020, 2:54 pm

Last November it was a warm day so I went out rowing on the Agawam river in Wareham MA
When I came in I noticed that a uniformed officer from Fish and Game was on the shore waiting for me at the take out and when I got in he asked me if I had a PFD (life preserver) I told him no and repeated what had been told to me years ago that the oars were considered floatation devices by the coast guard ( which is not so I found out later) The officer told me that by law in Massachusetts I was required to wear a PFD between Oct.15 and May 15. Then he hit me with a $50 ticket.
To make a long story short I ended up with one of the inflatable fanny pack type they sell for SUP. It is acceptable to the local authorities, I checked, and it is easy to wear and does not impact my sculling at all. Even now after the May 15th cut off date I wear it whenever I go out, 3 or 4 times a week on average. It actually makes me more comfortable when the wind and chop come up or when some idiot in a bass boat wakes me.
And they cost less than a couple of tickets from the fish and game.

Zuman
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Re: Life jacket

Post by Zuman » June 27th, 2020, 3:38 pm

I use the Onyx A24 In-Sight with my TS515 single. It's a low-profile auto-inflate vest that's Coast Guard approved, and it has a visible indicator (green or red) to show its state-of-readiness.

Ponder
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Re: Life jacket

Post by Ponder » July 3rd, 2020, 10:11 am

Rvanvoris wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Last November it was a warm day so I went out rowing on the Agawam river in Wareham MA
When I came in I noticed that a uniformed officer from Fish and Game was on the shore waiting for me at the take out and when I got in he asked me if I had a PFD (life preserver) I told him no and repeated what had been told to me years ago that the oars were considered floatation devices by the coast guard ( which is not so I found out later) The officer told me that by law in Massachusetts I was required to wear a PFD between Oct.15 and May 15. Then he hit me with a $50 ticket.
To make a long story short I ended up with one of the inflatable fanny pack type they sell for SUP. It is acceptable to the local authorities, I checked, and it is easy to wear and does not impact my sculling at all. Even now after the May 15th cut off date I wear it whenever I go out, 3 or 4 times a week on average. It actually makes me more comfortable when the wind and chop come up or when some idiot in a bass boat wakes me.
And they cost less than a couple of tickets from the fish and game.
Inflatable fanny pack PFD for a paddle board? Never seen or heard of one of those but it sounds interesting. It's a bummer that they gave you a $50 ticket, as if taxes save lives. The guy could have just told you to wear a life jacket next time, although, I'd guess that's cheaper than a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. Also, why the dates that you have to wear a PFD? What's the thinking behind that? Why not all the time?

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