Posted September 16 2003 - 02:11 PM
Posted September 16 2003 - 02:48 PM
Posted September 17 2003 - 04:24 AM
I bought two, one for me and the other for whomever I am fishing with.
Posted September 17 2003 - 06:53 AM
Posted September 17 2003 - 07:47 AM
Posted September 17 2003 - 03:52 PM
I believe that the Coast Guard or NJ Marine Police will soon require full time wearing of PFD's; the SOS's are the least restrictive wearable I have found.
One caveat: my open skiff has coolers for storage. Recently, an SOS fired in the cooler because of high humidity. The paper disk that dissolves to set off the CO2 cartridge must have got too wet. The instructions that accompany the automatic types caution against high humidity and even excessive splashing.
These devices are very well thought out. They even have a whistle tied inside that drops down when they deploy.
Of all the boat drownings in New Jersey recently, most seem to have disappeared instantly as they hit the water, and were never seen again alive- no flailing about or cries for help before they disappeared beneath the waves. And no time to don a PFD. Full time, wearable, automatically deployable protection makes excellent sense to me.
Posted September 17 2003 - 07:47 PM
They are very light - after a few minutes you will forget you have it on
I have a buddy of mine that comes fishing with me alot, he can't swim and refuses to use a vest PFD. I made him wear it on one of those less than ideal days (bumpy) and he loves it. Now he uses it all the time.
If they were a little less $, I would buy few more and get rid of the bulky vests.
Posted September 18 2003 - 01:34 PM
Posted September 18 2003 - 03:24 PM
The recharge kits run about $14 or $15. The manufacturer recommends testing and rearming the SOSpenders every other year, I think. It's a simple matter of changing the CO2 bottle and replacing the trigger, then repacking the inflatable. The manuals, of course, have no trigger, but you still have to change the bottle, and repack. One is packed inside each vest when you get it. Incidentally, both models have an air tube for emergency manual blow-up.
Posted September 18 2003 - 05:38 PM
Posted September 19 2003 - 07:31 AM
35lbs of flotation will have your head out of the water like a top. Last year my boat took on water (22ft GW) to the gunnels and when the pfd's got wet they inflated. If you have a cuddy or inside to your boat the Coast Guard warns wearers of the inflatible PFD's could make it hard to get out of the boat if it capsizes because of the 35lbs of buoyancy the PFD's have. Another word of caution, if the PFD inflats and you are not wearing it, they are a snug fit trying to put on after they inflat, more importantly, strong wind or current the PFD will act like an inflated balloon if you do not have them on.
I bought them for my boat because I would not want to wear the orange PFD's that came with the boat, they are not comfortable, and if I would not wear them it is hard to require guests to wear them, however, no one objects to wearing the Inflatible type 5 PFD's.
Posted September 23 2003 - 06:52 AM
There was a problem with certain models of the Sospenders LAST year and they were recalled.My original one was in that group and while it didn't malfunction the factory replaced it. The recall was not well advertised so if you have any question about yours you should call the factory. The number is 800-858-5876.
[ 09-23-2003, 07:59 AM: Message edited by: mml4 ]
Posted September 23 2003 - 02:23 PM