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Old 30 September 2013, 12:00   #61
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When I first clicked on your post & saw the pictures I knew that there would be the non life jacket comments coming thick and fast !! To me part of the reason for being a ribnet supporter is the ability to educate and inform rather than to abuse others.
It is a choice some make not to wear lifejackets, kill cords etc etc but it's not one I follow but I respect your choice not to !
If you'd followed some of the recent debates about the kill cord issues and the sad loss of life that ensued due to the choice of the driver not to wear a kill cord you might understand more the passion some members feel about basic safety. Sadly accidents do happen and a lifejacket is one of the easiest of safety aids going.
On a brighter note, welcome to ribnet !!
+1 well said paddlers

I've messed about with all sorts of boats all my life, canoes, mirror dinghies, sail boards etc with the scouts more years ago than I bear to think about, not a life jacket or buoyancy aid to be seen in those days! when me n Jeff bought our first boat together we got some beauforts life jackets, the ones what you had to blow into to inflate, they were the bees knees in their day, but that too was a long long time ago but call me a wimp if you want to, these days in me old age, I can't swim for toffee any more, I get me dry suit on even when the suns cracking the flags, n the 1st thing that goes on before the trailer wheels touch Chris's slip at Ty Calch is the life jackets, no life jacket then no rib, that's the rules on "That's Enuff" I ain't on no soap box, take it or leave it, but for the sake of a couple hundred quid you could all four have nice fitting comfy life jackets that are easy to wear n do the job, not much more than a good night out in a good Chinese eating house that I know of
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Old 30 September 2013, 12:41   #62
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Unfortunately I don't have years of past boating experience to call upon, but I do ponder my actions ten years ago when I first took my three kids and wife out following an hours tuition from the guy u bought the boat from. Straight out into a maelstrom of wind against several opposing tides from the river into the sea. I merrily went up and down huge lumpy seas. I could have easily been swamped. Confident that my mobile was fully charged and we all had PDFs . Now I grimace with my stupidity, but its all a learning curve. After many hours of varying boating experience and an arm full of qualifications I am probably too risk adverse, because I know what can go wrong. I alway wear a PDF and have loads of gear just in case. Now I don't know whether I have over compensated. I think the OP should take this as he would any advice about his new interest. I am sure he would not take offence to it being suggested his oil mix ratio was not ideal, it just seems for some reason wearing life jackets seems to hit a very personal nerve with people.
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Old 30 September 2013, 13:11   #63
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well youll all be glad to hear after reading all the comments and talking with the Family were going to get 2 more jackets and wear them

my next question is after looking on e-bay theres loads of choices
what should i be looking for bearing in mind we are going to be kneeboarding at some point, well me and the kids anyhow
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IIRC the RNLI have a 1m x 1m x 1m perspex box on wheels that they take to events (such as open days) fill with water and ask people to try to move - the moral being it is difficult to win against nature. Admittedly, this is aimed at people near the see rather than Ipswich broads, but it makes a point.

Anyway, I thought all people in Suffolk had webbed feet, so what's the problem?
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well youll all be glad to hear after reading all the comments and talking with the Family were going to get 2 more jackets and wear them

my next question is after looking on e-bay theres loads of choices
what should i be looking for bearing in mind we are going to be kneeboarding at some point, well me and the kids anyhow
well, if it were me going kneeboarding, which to be honest ain't very likely then I think a PFD would be more use than a life jacket
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Yep this ais what i meant PFD buoyancy aid
im seeing them from 20 to 150 do you need a approval mark or what things to look out for
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well youll all be glad to hear after reading all the comments and talking with the Family were going to get 2 more jackets and wear them
Glad to hear it !
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I chose a cheap as chips 150 n with a leg strap and whistle fugly orange ones for the fam which i am looking to upgrade.. i use a kayak style 50n bouyancy aid for myself
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Nice to hear you've considered the benefits of a jacket. There's no need to spend a fortune on them, I bought 3 auto inflate ones off a member of this site in good order & in date for about 25 each(@17-50 to replace air system) & impact vests for waterskiing for @ 15 each.
To be honest we're all good swimmers but wouldn't consider going out even in the river without a lifejacket on & the auto/manual inflate ones are very unobtrusive.
Good luck with your search!
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Yep this ais what i meant PFD buoyancy aid
im seeing them from 20 to 150 do you need a approval mark or what things to look out for
They will all be CE marked and the difference in price will be down to things like more durable materials, more adjustable, maybe pockets, and impact protection in some models.

A buoyancy aid typically gives about a third of the floatation of a life jacket, and is only designed to support a conscious swimmer. From what you've said it would be a good choice for your use, but if you do decide to do more adventurous trips then remember it's not a full-on life jacket.

I'd look at getting something like one of these:

http://www.lifejackets.co.uk/mobile/...boarding-vests
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