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Re: Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

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IWe went sailing on a friend's boat for 4th of July and my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the vest. In the cockpit I just kept one hand on the handle at all times; she's young and impulsive and this was her first time sailing. My husband was a nervous wreck and didn't think holding onto the "handle" was enough, until I grabbed the handle, picked her up, swung her across the cockpit and dropped her in his lap. She thought it was just awesome. It's extremely sturdy and is clearly designed to be able to haul a child out of the water. I'm very pleased with the construction.
The handle is also handy for lifting them in and out of the dinghy on boats without swim platforms( ours). The first time we did that at the back of a friends boat we got some strange looks

We have had her in the water in the jacket(with me) and wife trialled lifting her up out of the water, works a charm as well.
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I agree, for swimming I think a child is better off, well, learning to swim.

We went sailing on a friend's boat for 4th of July and my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the vest. In the cockpit I just kept one hand on the handle at all times; she's young and impulsive and this was her first time sailing. My husband was a nervous wreck and didn't think holding onto the "handle" was enough, until I grabbed the handle, picked her up, swung her across the cockpit and dropped her in his lap. She thought it was just awesome. It's extremely sturdy and is clearly designed to be able to haul a child out of the water. I'm very pleased with the construction.

I saw one other child on another boat wearing the same vest while we were at the docks. All the other kids I saw that day were wearing Type IIIs. I really felt secure with my choice. Thank you everyone for the buying advice.
Glad you like it. THey make great stuff. WHen it comes to the kiddos, we don't skimp either!!

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Mustang Lil' Legends Child Life Vest

Great jacket. A little bulky when they are on the small end of the size range but they get used to it quickly. For swimming at anchor our toddler loves his "puddle jumper". It essentially foam swimmies attached to a foam chest strap. It allows them to change their orientation in the water and practice swimming. It also counts a Type III when worn but I wouldn't use it as a primary floatation device.
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