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Old 11 December 2013, 16:53   #1
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Lifejacket advice please!

I am looking to buy a lifejacket but am unsure what to go for, advice please?

I have a buoyancy aid but i like to do some slightly crazy stuff and therefore feel that i need something more suitable for what i have planned.

Having spent a couple of years staying relatively close to shore and in mild conditions, I want to push the boundaries a bit further!

I am not going across the channel or anything (yet) but I really enjoy jumping waves in unpredictable conditions!

Not sure that my 50n bouncy aid is sufficient should anything go wrong.

What should I go for, auto inflation or not etc...

I have a 3.8m aerotech and i am think about long coastal runs and around the isle of wight etc

Advice please?
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Old 11 December 2013, 16:56   #2
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Do you plan to be in the water or not? That's the first fork in the decision making path.
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Check out this link for some of the facts relating to Lifejackets/buoyancy aids

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Old 11 December 2013, 17:50   #4
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Well....I am not planning on going for a swim!!!! but want to be safe should it happen!

Flat calm is a bit boring and the most fun is when there are biggish waves and we can jump them. but, i am aware that when things go wrong in those conditions, it can go seriously wrong!

Want to push things a bit but preferably without drowning! So I am thinking that if I do leave the boat and hit the water hard, I will at least be on the surface! Lol
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OK - if you don't actually intend to go in the water, but are going to get splashed a lot then I'd suggest an automatic jacket with a Hammar action inflation system - these are not as likely to fire if splashed because they are pressure activated. Expect to pay around 50+

Had you intended to get wet there are lots of closed foam vests, but they're a touch bulky...
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Old 11 December 2013, 18:23   #6
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Ok, thanks. I will get wet even in the boat!

I am a novice in comparison to some of you guys but I love the adrenaline rush when you see the conditions and think...should I!

My personality is always..go for it!

I am an average swimmer and can tread water but what if i land hard and knock my self out?

My mate is about more nervous than me and I know he will appreciate the right kit!

Obviously when family are on board, i'm very sensible but when they are not......

Get in touch if you are local to poole and want some fun next year!

I have a wife and two kids so I need to be safe! Just bought a radio and second kill cord and now I need the Lifejacket that is suitable for those days out.

Ideally I don't want something to bulky but it is to be used when conditions suggest it is required!
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hi - well done for asking questions here - there are a ton of experienced boaters posting here and some good advice to be had.
I am just curious if you have someone in the boat with you or a mate with another boat that comes out with you?
Someone being out with you with another boat will certainly make your trip safer.
Nothing wrong in enjoying some wave jumping, know you and your crafts limits and you will have fun am sure.
If your planning on going out alone, in choppy conditions, and blatting about in a SIB trying to wave jump, I would suggest the following kit.
1) Killcord
2) A lifejacket capable of turning you right side up if unconscious
If your wearing a dry suit, then something with about 275n of bouyancy
An Auto for sure, as Willk said, a Hammar firing mechanism will prevent
an accidental inflation if the jacket gets really wet, or the conventional auto system which can sometimes accidentally inflate if the jacket gets very wet.
Make sure it has crotch straps, a light and a spray hood.
3) Handheld VHF securely attached to your lifejacket with a lanyard
4) A PLB - registered with the Coastguard registry
If this is out of your budget, think about some pencil type mini flares, if you can afford both, thats great.
5) I would think seriously about a dry suit. Just remember the sea temperature around the UK isnt the warmest and if you end up in the water without suitable clothing you will get cold quickly.
A dry suit is going to keep you dry and with suitable clothing underneath, will keep you warm, and if your comfortable out on the water you will stay out longer.

I know...you only asked about a lifejacket, but
a lifejacket is only part of the safety kit, especially if your planning more adventurous trips.
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Old 12 December 2013, 03:54   #9
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Check your boat insurance company is happy with your leisure time of jumping waves LOL 8-) sounds like could be an accident waiting to happen if your not careful.

Weve all accidently jumped waves im sure, it can hurt as well, plus you may have issues with over revving engine.

I feel your not really respecting the sea enouth, things can go wrong very quickly out there and can have serious implications. I wouldnt advise it as something which is regularly done and looked for, perhaps you want a jet ski instead or a surfboard. 8-)

If you go deliberately looking for big waves to jump in your smallish rib with your mate and you or your mate gets seriously hurt (god forbid) do you think you will be covered by your insurance company? ummmmm, errrrrrr, maybe not depends what could be proved I suppose, could have big life changing implications.

So I just think you need to rethink a tad, the sea can seriously bite you at times.
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Old 12 December 2013, 07:51   #10
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Get in touch if you are local to poole and want some fun next year!

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I will / am always about and around the harbour..even in winter!

Maybe some double aerotec fun when things warm up :-)

If you want crew/ballast anytime just pm me ....happy to pass on anything I have learnt the hard way!
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