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    Default Lifeline or other safety jackets, your thoughts please

    We are going to purchase some Lifeline or some type of safety jackets. I know Lifeline is not USCG approved but I have heard they are very good. I don't know anything about any of these, just what I have heard & read. Please let me know what I should be looking for, ballpark $$$, & if anyone has the hook-up to purchase them. Thanks

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    They're not USCG approved, really? Learn something new everyday.
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    Lifeline is what I wear. I have a couple of comp vests and thinking of getting a couple more, maybe the sport model. Looks like the sport vest are cheaper ($360) and will do the job.

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    teague custom marine sells lifeline jackets but go to lifeline website and check them out call kent 928-669-9241 he can make them custom to match your boat or just the standard i will be wearing mine this weekend at river island

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    I have a lifeline poker run jacket
    And a racing jacket

    I like the racing jacket for max protection, However it not the most comfortable jacket to wear.

    But, I wont boat without it
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    Inflatable Vest PFD with LIFT MD0451

    Rik and I were wearing Mustang Survival vests when we went over in my 30. They are much more comfortable than a non-inflatable vest, but not as good for smaller boats where you are more likely to be thrown from the boat and impact the water. My 30 is equipped with Velcro lap belts that keep the occupants in the seats in the event of an accident. For the way my 30 is set-up, these inflatable Mustang PFDs are proven to work! I really hope that everyone starts wearing some sort of PFDs when running their high performance rigs. The recent Folsom accident is just another tragic reminder of how some loss of life could have been avoided had the occupants simply been wearing PFDs. I'm not saying PFDs will save all occupants in all accidents, but I can almost guarantee you would never see where all occupants were killed in a single accident where all occupants were wearing PFDs. Some accidents would still have this outcome of course (such as the head-on at Lake Texoma), but simple roll-overs like the one that just occurred would not see the loss of life like it does when none of the occupants are wearing PFDs. I need to heed my own advice, as I am very resistant to wearing PFDs unless running very high speeds (120+) or out in big water (bay or ocean). Just recently I was the only one in Rick's 28 on St Patty's Day that chose to not wear a vest Rick handed me. That is going to change..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayzor View Post
    Inflatable Vest PFD with LIFT MD0451

    Rik and I were wearing Mustang Survival vests when we went over in my 30. They are much more comfortable than a non-inflatable vest, but not as good for smaller boats where you are more likely to be thrown from the boat and impact the water. My 30 is equipped with Velcro lap belts that keep the occupants in the seats in the event of an accident. For the way my 30 is set-up, these inflatable Mustang PFDs are proven to work! I really hope that everyone starts wearing some sort of PFDs when running their high performance rigs. The recent Folsom accident is just another tragic reminder of how some loss of life could have been avoided had the occupants simply been wearing PFDs. I'm not saying PFDs will save all occupants in all accidents, but I can almost guarantee you would never see where all occupants were killed in a single accident where all occupants were wearing PFDs. Some accidents would still have this outcome of course (such as the head-on at Lake Texoma), but simple roll-overs like the one that just occurred would not see the loss of life like it does when none of the occupants are wearing PFDs. I need to heed my own advice, as I am very resistant to wearing PFDs unless running very high speeds (120+) or out in big water (bay or ocean). Just recently I was the only one in Rick's 28 on St Patty's Day that chose to not wear a vest Rick handed me. That is going to change..........
    when i got my CG inspection done on the hallett they gave me 4 of those mustang survival vests, i havnt put one on yet but it was sometingi was going to start doing when we run the river in big packs. not like the old turd is that fast anyways...


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    The coast guard gives them out? I'll take 4 please.....

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    After the recent crashes with the owner of RPM boats and the one at Folsom my family and I have decided its time to wear life jackets when we boat no matter what the occasion is. Lifeline is a great jacket like I told you, it is not USCG approved (they have their reasons due to "custom fit" and don't want to pay the USCG stamp fees). Here is what I ordered For me and Kelli MV5600 High Collar Search and Rescue (SAR) Vest with SOLAS Tape :: Mustang Survival
    and here is what I got Peter due to the fact his current jacket is not enough protection, High Performance Youth Life Vest | Stearns.
    I wanted to get Peter one like mine but they just don't make one that small. Hope this helps...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by ocean goer View Post
    After the recent crashes with the owner of RPM boats and the one at Folsom my family and I have decided its time to wear life jackets when we boat no matter what the occasion is. Lifeline is a great jacket if you have the money to burn like I told you, it does not offer any protection at any speed as for coming apart nor is USCG approved (they have their reasons due to "custom fit" and don't want to pay the USCG stamp fees). Here is what I ordered For me and Kelli MV5600 High Collar Search and Rescue (SAR) Vest with SOLAS Tape :: Mustang Survival
    and here is what I got Peter due to the fact his current jacket is not enough protection, High Performance Youth Life Vest | Stearns.
    I wanted to get Peter one like mine but they just don't make one that small. Hope this helps...............
    Yes it does, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by F14 View Post
    The coast guard gives them out? I'll take 4 please.....
    let me correct my statment, these are the ones CG gave me i seen rayzors and they looked the same
    so i checked mine they are blue also...

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    If you are looking into inflatables, pay the extra $$$ for the hydrostatic releases.
    the cheaper ones have a pill that dissolves to inflate the jacket and will inflate in wet conditions. (heavy rain, when washing boat if not careful)
    Also, they only count as life vest if worn, you still need to keep the right amount of approved jackets on board.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Pair View Post
    If you are looking into inflatables, pay the extra $$$ for the hydrostatic releases.
    the cheaper ones have a pill that dissolves to inflate the jacket and will inflate in wet conditions. (heavy rain, when washing boat if not careful)
    Also, they only count as life vest if worn, you still need to keep the right amount of approved jackets on board.
    Well, whatever my Mustang Survival PFDs are, I know they don't inflate in wet conditions!
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