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Flotation Vest

Jan 22, 2008
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Catalina 42 Olympia Washington
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We have been using these Stearns Windjammer Type III flotation vests for many years. They are especially good when the weather is a bit chilly for safety and warmth. Nothing lasts forever so we are looking for replacements. So far the only thing we have found that was close were ones by some Polish friends that they picked up in Poland. I do not think they carried the USCG certification. Has anyone seen something like this that I haven't found? Thanks.
 
Sep 14, 2014
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Catalina 22 Pensacola, Florida
Look under float coats!, supposedly the CG withdrew its blessing of them though.
 
Mar 26, 2011
2,371
Corsair F-24 MK I Deale, MD
You can still find them on UK sites. They are EN 393 flotation aids.
 
Oct 19, 2017
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O'Day 19 Littleton, NH
Oct 2, 2008
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Pearson/ 530 Strafford, NH
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Jan 22, 2008
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Catalina 42 Olympia Washington
You can still find them on UK sites. They are EN 393 flotation aids.
So, lots of ski type vests out there. The closest thing I had found were vests for fishermen. Not quite what we are looking for and I have a problem with the "camo" design on something where visibility is important when the vest is used as intended.

My search using EN 393 eventually let to: http://www.baltic.se/en/produkter/floatation-clothing/sandhamn-3/
They show retailers in Canada. Will give them a try. They won't be CG certified but we have lots of other SOSpenders and kayak jackets on board.
Thanks for the input.
 
May 6, 2016
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Sirius 21/22 Petersfield
I see Binnacle is a retailer of these nice to see. I've dealt with them often in the past and have nothing but good things to say about them. Service is excellent and you can actually speak with a real person and not a computer if you have questions. No affiliation just a repeat customer.
 
Jan 22, 2008
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Catalina 42 Olympia Washington
No happiness yet. They wrote back and said they didn't carry them. I did find sources in New Zealand and the UK who can do it for about $200 :yikes:. Plus shipping. Looks like I will have to recalibrate the Want Meter.
 
Oct 19, 2017
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O'Day 19 Littleton, NH
Look at comp (competition) vests for skiing and wakeboarding. They aren't cga, but, as you suggested, you can keep cga vests on board and wear the non-cga vest.

- Will (Dragonfly)
 
Jan 10, 2012
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Nordic 40 Harpswell
I’m intrigued by the idea of a float coat. It seems like something I’d wear a lot, and it adds a measure of safety for the many situations I don’t wear a PFD. I am cruising in Sweden this summer and will definitely check them out (it appears they are made here). There’s a “Top Float” model that is long sleeved in addition to the one you posted. I’ll let you know what I find. Max
 
Mar 26, 2011
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Corsair F-24 MK I Deale, MD
No happiness yet. They wrote back and said they didn't carry them. I did find sources in New Zealand and the UK who can do it for about $200 :yikes:. Plus shipping. Looks like I will have to recalibrate the Want Meter.

The USCG has one point of view. ISO approves gear for fisherman on the Baltic and North Atlantic through EN standards. The philosophies are different. Personally, I think they have done us a slight disservice, limiting the possibilities and increasing prices. For example, this suit is well regarded and only $115. Unlike many, it is available in the US. Apparently Norwegians and Swedes don't know anything about cold (I think they do).



https://www.gaelforcemarine.co.uk/en/Regatta-of-Norway-Sportline-954-Flotation-Suit/m-6924.aspx
 
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Dec 30, 2010
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Montgomery 17 trailered
Hamilton Marine lists a Kent "rogue fishing vest" not USCG approved, with 12# buoyancy, for 79.99
 
Oct 22, 2014
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CAL 35 Cruiser Portland OR, moored EVERETT WA
12# buoyancy
Hagar... your boat, your choice. your life.
that would be fine in a local pond... not effective in Juan De Fuca Strait in a blow.

Here is a jacket. $269 15.5# of flotation. Still minimal.
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https://www.grainger.com/product/11N751?cm_mmc=PPC:+Google+PLA&s_kwcid=AL!2966!3!50916684477!!!g!63266792877!&ef_id=WwnLaQAAALjXtxAl:20180529222416:s

Here is a seat floatie 18# of flotation.
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Here is the type of flotation you need to keep your head above water so you can survive.
Buoyancy 30 to 35 Pounds
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Oct 2, 2008
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Pearson/ 530 Strafford, NH
So I reread this post and got to thinking, all these items have a different level of buoyancy. Is that why the USCG changed their approval. The average weight of an adult has been on the increase so maybe the vests don't provide enough buoyancy. I know of some smaller commercial boats where the USCG had reduced the occupancy rating on inspected boats. The launch our marina uses has fewer seats because of this. Have you seen the average Mainer. Just a thought.
 
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Jan 22, 2008
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Catalina 42 Olympia Washington
Thanks for all the input. It looks like the only close options are like the ones Richard shows in his post but the cost is outside what we would spend for near-shore flotation. Looks like we will continue with what we have.