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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I have a Revere auto-inflate w/ harness. We have two West Marine auto-inflate vests w/o harness on board and 6 cheapo orange yoke vests.

I wear mine less than half the time:
Single handing
Sailing w/ inexperienced crew
At night
Rough seas

If I'm out with someone that can handle a boat and the weather is nice, I don't wear it.

I leave PFD use to the discretion of my guests.

I sail off the coast of Maine where the water is chilly; my brother and I often say (when our wives are ashore) that PFDs are important because it is nice for a memorial service to have a focal point.

It could be argued that I should only wear one when I'm out with experienced crew:
1. I stand a chance of being rescued.
2. If I haven't been treading water for 10 minutes, I could better assist in my rescue.

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Yes...auto
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I wear a mustang auto every time as well. But about to buy a dinghy and not sure what I will wear on that. Given I expect to get wet sailing a dinghy will likely need to go with some other PDF
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I wear a mustang auto every time as well. But about to buy a dinghy and not sure what I will wear on that. Given I expect to get wet sailing a dinghy will likely need to go with some other PDF
The Kayak PFD style is nice, the bottom of the back is cut pretty high. It makes it really maneuverable while wearing. West Marine has some reasonably priced ones under their name brand. We like them for our kayaks and small sailing crafts.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Yup! If we have an expectation of getting wet we wear a "standard" pfd, too.

Having one inflate every time I end up in the drink when I am paddling would not work.

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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I'm afraid I most certainly and unapologetically fall into pretty much the same category as the OP. I don't particulalry like wearing the damn things but in certain situations they are called for, indeed down here in certain situations (crossing river bars for one) they are a legal requirement.

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I wear a mustang auto every time as well. But about to buy a dinghy and not sure what I will wear on that. Given I expect to get wet sailing a dinghy will likely need to go with some other PDF
On the other hand knowing it's going to cost you $50 to re-arm your Mustang would be a good incentive to keep the boat upright

I second kellysails, the kayak-cut PFDs work better for dinghies, plus they have pockets and such.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

I always wear my life jacket in the bay, although I tend to abandon it in the oakland estuary when it's very hot..

I wear a conventionnal foam life jacket and I don't see what's the big deal. I also wear a harness under it, just for those moments...
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Well here's a story for you to consider...
Happened right here in Chesapeake Bay.

And I guess "technically" it was off the coast of Maryland.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Damn. I would not have thought there was ANYONE who did not wear a lifejacket. But you come right out and say you dont. Not smart. I have not read the whole thread, but I sure hope you are the only one not wearing the appropriate gear.
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