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Old 26 March 2012, 16:22   #1
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Please recommend me a life jacket

I am after the compact self inflating life jackets for use on my four metre rib, by myself, other adults and my 11 year old. I'm also after recommendations for my younger children, 3 and 5 years old. Technology seems to have moved n since I last had a boat five years ago.

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Old 26 March 2012, 16:26   #2
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Try these, a very good brand and good value. Will put up with alot of abuse

Parmaris 150N Raider Marine Lifejacket
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I am after the compact self inflating life jackets for use on my four metre rib, by myself, other adults and my 11 year old. I'm also after recommendations for my younger children, 3 and 5 years old. Technology seems to have moved n since I last had a boat five years ago.

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Hi, i asked a similar question recently and got some great responses, try a search with " life jacket v buoyancy aid "

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Thanks for all the answers, will look at other thread. Should I get auto or manual?
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Thanks for all the answers, will look at other thread. Should I get auto or manual?
Depends entirely on you. I'd say auto if you're able to carry spare rearming kits and are unlikely to go in with them on while on a beach or recovering.
Definitely auto for kids.
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We've been very happy with Kru lifejackets and use them in the race boat - we have the waistcoat style ones, very comfy for long periods. Depends on your budget really, there are no bad ones that I know of. We got ours Here.
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Remember you can always turn an auto jacket into a manual a lot easier than the other way round. Bear in mind that if you are wearing dry suits on your RIB you may be better off with a jacket that gives you a higher degree of extra buoyancy. Would always go for auto with the youngsters.
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For 3 and 5 year olds I'd recommend foam permanent buoyancy type. Although unlikely, auto inflation type might not deploy and you are relying on the youngster's presence of mind to pull the toggle.
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For 3 and 5 year olds I'd recommend foam permanent buoyancy type. Although unlikely, auto inflation type might not deploy and you are relying on the youngster's presence of mind to pull the toggle.
I fully agree with above - my 2 now 7 & 8 still have permanent foam LJs - even though they can both swim. It's onel oess thing fro yuo and them to worry about in case they go over. The perm foam also give insulation on cold / windy days and prevents a few knocks.
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