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Life Jackets (PFDs) and Throwable Rings, etc.

life jacketIt’s well known that every boat on the water should have one personal floating device (aka, PFD or left jacket) per person, but, did you also know that boats over 16 feet must have a throwable life saving device, like a ring or a floating cushion, aboard? I sure didn’t until I started writing this post.

There are a few different types of PFDs on the market – inflatable life jackets which inflate manually when you pull a cord and the traditional more bulky PFDs. John and I prefer the inflatable life jackets as they’re more comfortable to wear, lighter, and cooler. They’re also easier to store as they fold up to the size of a small pillow.

But, any life jacket which is worn is a good life jacket. The key is to keep PDFs handy and wear them when required, like when jet skiing or water skiing.

Children under the age of 13 must have a life jacket on when a boat is underway unless the child is in a contained space (like the cabin) or below deck. You can, and will, be stopped by Coast Guard police if they spot you trying to skirt this rule.

Here’s a few types of life jackets that are all 4 or more stars out of 5 on Amazon.com:

Inflatable life jackets:

 Onyx M-24 Manual Inflatable Life Jacket, RedCheck Price Mustang Survival MIT Automatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device, Yellow/BlackCheck Price MTI Adventurewear Helios Inflatable PFD Life Jacket (Gray/Gray, Universal)Check Price Kent Type II Adult Life Jackets with Clear Storage Bag, 4 Each (Orange)Check Price Revere Comfortmax Inflatable Belt Pack Manual Type III Personal Flotation Device (Red, 30-52-Inch)Check Price

Traditional style PFDs:

 O’Neill Superlite USCG Vest (Pac/Nvy/Col, Large)Check Price ONYX General Purpose Boating vest, Universal Adult, 3XL, Over 90#, 40-60-Inches Chest, Blue/BlackCheck Price X20 Universal Adult Life Jacket Vest – Blue & BlackCheck Price Stearns Child’s Classic Boating Vest, BlueCheck Price Stearns Infant Classic Boating Vest, RedCheck Price Stearns Child’s and Youth Boating Vests (Red, 50 – 90-Pound)Check Price

Throwable life saving devices:

 Life Jacket / PFD: Type IV Throwable CushionCheck Price Cal June USCG Approved Ring Buoy (20- Inch Diameter, White)Check Price Kwik Tek LL-1 Life Line Rescue Throw Bag 50 FeetCheck Price