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12-03-2013 02:49 PM
newhaul
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

May not be the best but at the price hopefully more people will buy and wear it and if it saves a life verses not being able to afford one I'm all for it people.
12-01-2013 12:30 PM
blt2ski
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

Brian,

Having red ones would make sense, as the patrol officers at my marina wear red ones. I had only seen the orange one as marked for commercial use while packaged new. But the types you mention would make sense. They could one off many of those for the small market share that they cover with out issues. Gvmnt agency's a lot of time order well in advance, so once they know the order timeline, they order, and the product gets there when it gets there!

I have two of the pill ones, and 4 of the hydro ones. Worth the cost in my book. Altho I do have a couple of cheaper $$$$ cost brand ones for extra's too.

Marty
12-01-2013 01:41 AM
mitiempo
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

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Originally Posted by Wayne25 View Post
That is not what you see when your in the water and they are deployed. The floatation tube is usually a bright color.
Correct but the commercial ones are visible either way - except for law enforcement as they don't always want to be seen.
12-01-2013 01:38 AM
mitiempo
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

Marty

Actually Mustang makes 3 pfd's that are US approved for commercial use. The one shown plus 2 others both red. They also make specific pfd's for fisherman that are tagged as approved work vests.

All their commercial pfd's are hydrostatic - none of the non-hydrostatics are approved except for 2 for Coast Guard. They make a lot of models including a heavily reinforced one that is only approved for enforcement. And one that will still inflate after a cylinder has been destroyed by a bullet as it has 2 full chambers, 65 lbs buoyancy each instead of the recreational 35 lbs or 26 lbs.

All their products are made in Canada or the US

Interesting website. Mustang Survival - We Save Lives for a Living

Earlier this year Mustang was bought by the Safariland group, a US company that specializes in law enforcement and security products.
http://www.safariland.com/Default.aspx

I doubt their products will ever be produced offshore.
12-01-2013 01:14 AM
Wayne25
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

That is not what you see when your in the water and they are deployed. The floatation tube is usually a bright color.
12-01-2013 12:22 AM
blt2ski
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
One of the best is here from Mustang:



It is hydrostatic which is the best choice for someone sailing. The non-hydrostatic inflatables can inflate if splashed - a hydrostatic has to be underwater for it to inflate.

In Canada they are only approved if worn so it cannot be on the seat next to you as a conventional lifejacket can. Not sure about the US
That looks like the commercial PFD that is the ONLY inflatable ok for commercial usage here in the states. And YES, one has to have them on your body to be counted as a PFD on the boat.

At the end of the day, one has to have and buy a PFD that will hopefully work in the environment they will be in. 90% of us will never see offshore useage. BUT we may want to be tethered in where we sail, so the D-rings is nice to have, as are other parts one might have for an offshore use PFD. So if the pfd is not as strong, but will hold up in the conditions you may find yourself.......It worked!

Kinda like buying sails for you boat! do you want a really heavy dacron with leather and all the other bells and whistles? or will a light cloth laminate work just as well or better offshore or inshore? Or a folding vs fixed prop? diesel vs gas motor? outboard vs inboard?............. shall we go on as to which is better where when why and how come?

marty
11-30-2013 09:45 PM
Alex W
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

I got the WM PFD a few days ago.

It is made by Kent.

It isn't as comfortable as my Mustang inflatables, but it fits pretty well. It sits higher to put the harness higher up on the rib cage. For the price I'm happy with it, but when I'm not tethering I may continue to use my manual Mustang.
11-30-2013 08:25 PM
mitiempo
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

One of the best is here from Mustang:



It is hydrostatic which is the best choice for someone sailing. The non-hydrostatic inflatables can inflate if splashed - a hydrostatic has to be underwater for it to inflate.

In Canada they are only approved if worn so it cannot be on the seat next to you as a conventional lifejacket can. Not sure about the US
11-30-2013 07:45 PM
benesailor
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

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I think that Radcat was referring to how well made it is for your safety at sea.
Given the heat that WM has seen in the last year or so with their PFD's i'd have complete confidence in their PFD's. NOW... is it the best possible PFD? Probably not. If you are willing to spend the money i'm thinking that you will get a much better safety/PFD. For the price i would think that it would meet the needs of most off-shore sailors.
Can it be outfitted with leg straps? Storm hood? Don't know. It's al about risk VS how much money you are willing to spend. How much is your life worth? If your dead will you care??
11-30-2013 06:11 PM
tomandchris
Re: New West Marine Lifejacket?

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Originally Posted by benesailor View Post
From what i have seen, West Marine stands behind there products. Being a import doesn't necessarily worry me.
I think that Radcat was referring to how well made it is for your safety at sea. I agree that most of West's products stand up pretty well. However, if your family has to find your body to return the PFD I am sure that West would honor the guarantee
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