My anchor windlass (aka my son.) needs a new PFD. Hes always up in the bow of our narrow walkway walkaround.
Until now been using a ski jacket type PFD. Looking for something a little less bulky and comfortable to keep on during the heat of summer.
Never owned an inflatable and just started researching them. Any reccos appreciated on what you all use and what to consider/not consider. Thanks
KUKUBABY FISHING TEAM
Re: PFD Reccos.....
I use west marines auto inflation suspended type. A little more expensive then the manual pull inflator but if you hit your head on the way overboard and are knocked out the auto inflation comes in handy
100 ton master captain
Re: PFD Reccos.....
This is the one I use on tow boat alone. The BEST.
35 pounds buoyancy (tops) , auto inflate, Mustang is top two in life jackets, its a work vest. Unlike the others it do NOT use a nylon covering over the inflation tube that's easy to puncture It uses a extremely durable plastic that you drag over concrete and not damage,
Specs are below. Here you get what you pay for.. about $230-250. Had mine for 5 years now.
Mustang Survival Inflatable Work Vest - Offers Unsurpassed Comfort in a Type V-Approved Work Vest
The MD3188 Mustang Survival Inflatable Work Vest was rated the #1 overall PFD by commercial fishermen.
Available exclusively from Mustang Survival, the Inflatable Work Vest is the first of its kind. Designed by Mustang's Innovation & Technology experts and built for serious users with exclusive technology, Mustang Survival has pioneered the standards for inflatable work vests.
Recommend for: Industrial Marine, Law Enforcement, Public Safety
Approval:USCG - UL1180 - Inflatable PFDs 160.076 - Type V (Commercial Use); Type II (Recreational Use)
With a comfortable and low-profile fit, the Mustang Survival Inflatable Work Vest offers enhanced mobility and reduced heat stress, allowing crews and professionals to work more efficiently throughout the day. Its 35lb buoyancy rating also means they'll have the added safety of extra flotation when they need it.
Made for the most severe marine environments, the Mustang Survival Inflatable Work Vest contains Hydrostatic Inflator Technology that offers reliable inflation in a low maintenance design that will only automatically inflate when submerged in 4 or more inches of whater, and not inadvertently due to rain, spray, or humidity. This technology is exclusive to Mustang Survival in North America and maintenance-free for 5 years or until inflated. The product also features the SecureZip closure system to ensure the Vest will stay closed during even the most rigorous activity and still open effortlessly upon inflation.
Ideal for constant wear situations, hot, humid conditions and high-mobility requirements.
•USCG Type V Work Vest
•Provides 35 lb of buoyancy when inflated - twice the flotation of foam work vests
•1F auto hydrostatic inflator technology protects against inadvertent inflation
•5-year maintenance-free inflator with status indicator window
•Durable PU-coated nylon shell offers improved puncture and abrasion resistance
•Custom-molded inflator cover reduces wear and protects inflator cap
•SecureZip closure features recessed zipper to protect teeth from oil, grease, and other contaminants
•CO2 cylinder is contained inside cell to protect against corrosion
•Retro-reflective SOLAS Tape on front & back outer shell
•Strobe light holder, safety whistle and additional SOLAS reflective tape visible when inflated
•Lightweight and comfortable design
•Coated neoprene neck cushion for improved comfort
•Offers greater mobility than foam work vests
•Reduced heat stress
•Includes back-up oral inflation tube
•Customizable back-flap for crew or agency identification
•D-ring for kill-switch attachment
•Universal Adult [16 yrs + /80 lb +] with chest size 30"-52"
*Due to manufacturer restriction this item is restricted to sales within the United States and cannot be exported. Units are shipped via Ground Only
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