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tritontr22
01-25-2009, 09:17 PM
They tell me that MS has passed the life Jacket Law saying you have to have it on if your big motor is cranked:mad:

Ranger690
01-25-2009, 09:24 PM
Shouldn't bother the crappie a bit.


Dayton

Michael D
01-25-2009, 09:59 PM
Why the :mad:? I don't think that is such a bad decision. Just get a comfortable pfd. I know...just what we need...big brother telling us how to live...but it may just save your life. Mustang make some very nice pfds that are very comfortable and they won't inflate until submerged; they can be worn in a rain storm and still won't inflate. They are about $240, but that is cheap insurance. One draw back is that they must be serviced every 5 years and they are mechanical and I suppose like all things mechanical there is a slight risk of failure. On the other hand, there are some very nice and comfortable pfd that are foam and one can get those for around $50 and up. Just rembember, any pdf is pretty useless if it is not worn.

gcromer
01-25-2009, 11:53 PM
Everyone in my boat wears one if the engine cranks up. If you get in my boat you'll agree or they don't go.

Gerald K4NHN
Cayce, SC

GRIZZ
01-26-2009, 02:49 AM
Its not that wearing a pfd is unwise, its that they are forcing you to wear one. Its like the seatbelt law. Sure, you should wear one, but we should have the choice. Is this a free country or not. Its getting hard to tell. Even after all these years of having a seatbelt law in NY, it still irritates me. I think its mainly a good excuse to write $50 tickets.

tom1939
01-26-2009, 06:04 AM
I understand the reasoning of resentment and one of those that fought
wearing a seat belt or helmet on a bike for years. Using common sense,
I finally realized that law or no law it was a good idea under most situations.
But, like most things, there are those that want independent choice on
things but as a former deputy, you only have to see the phyical damage
to a body not strapped in to see the wisdom in that. I think the choice
is up to person but what about the cost of medical expenses and services
envolved in those situations? The person injured pay for the services that
lack of reasoning brings on? Look at ones that drown and all the manpower
needed just to recover the body. If their family doesn't have the means
to pay for this, who is stuck with the bill? Tax payers of course!
I had a brother in law forced through a couple inch wide opening in a
windshield where every bone was broken and his insides forced out his
rectum and a seat belt and air bag would have made all the difference.
I had a sister in law fall off a boat and hit her head with no one aware
and drowned.
Same with alcohol and driving and boating. We all have seen the mess
this ongoing problem is. Laws are not for those with common sense but
a blanket shotgun move to cover all those too knuckle headed to think
and use reasoning. JMHO..........

Slabo
01-26-2009, 12:48 PM
The new law is on the Corp of engineers lakes Arkbutla,Sardis,Enid and Grenada and so on. It says if your boat is under power(Big Motor) you must wear a life jacket and if your boat is under 16feet you must wear a PFD at all times. If your boat is 16feet or over you only have to wear it when the big motor is running. So have fun and be safe!

BJH
01-26-2009, 05:05 PM
Its not that wearing a pfd is unwise, its that they are forcing you to wear one. Its like the seatbelt law. Sure, you should wear one, but we should have the choice. Is this a free country or not. Its getting hard to tell. Even after all these years of having a seatbelt law in NY, it still irritates me. I think its mainly a good excuse to write $50 tickets.




Well let's do it this way then,if you fall out of the boat and drown,then you don't get to collect your life insurance and your family has to pick up the tab for someone to recover you.... spent 15 years as a rescue diver in the fire dept.and it's no fun to recover a body with the family standing on the bank. Then comes the good part of having your family member identifying your remains....Ranks right up there with having a root canal with no deadening....:(

Marshrat
01-26-2009, 09:23 PM
Louisiana has passed a law where if in a boat with a tiller controlled motor under 16', you must wear a PFD and the kill cord. Over 16' with a tiller controlled motor you must wear the kill cord. Boats with a steering wheel or used for commercial activities are exempt from the new law.



Warren

klight1122
01-26-2009, 09:32 PM
Everyone in my boat wears one if the engine cranks up. If you get in my boat you'll agree or they don't go.

Gerald K4NHN
Cayce, SC

I am with you, everyone in my boat wears one when the big motor fires up!

luvjign
01-27-2009, 05:21 PM
I think the emphasis is for this number to not climb any higher......at least here on Grenada.

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x305/luvjign/LifeJacketSign002.jpg

rockmike
01-27-2009, 06:42 PM
I wear my inflatable whenever I'm on the water. I'm getting older and more clumsy, and I fish alone most of the time. I really don't even notice it anymore.

gopreach
01-27-2009, 08:05 PM
I bought a Mustang inflatable last year and really like it. I also received a Mustang float coat for a birthday present a few days ago. hodgesmarine.com has some unbelievable prices right now. Some of their camo coats are less than $70, down from $240. They are well made and great for cold weather fishing! Check them out.

Gopreach

Y-SLABS
01-27-2009, 09:14 PM
Guilty, don't wear one while trolling! Rethinking it now!!!

luvjign
01-27-2009, 09:36 PM
I'm Pro-Life. I'm a family man. I've said it more than once on here.....the drowning of a fisherman bothers me bad. What amazes me is seeing the folks (especially the senior citizens) on this lake, every spring especially, that tackle swells in jon boats without life jackets in relatively cold water. This lake can get you in trouble before you know it with wind. I just can't see survival in some cases if the boat capsizes.....with jumbo swells swamping them without a PFD. WHY not wear them? I hope ego is not the answer!!

robbor
01-27-2009, 10:13 PM
We had an incident here at one of our lakes that has a 20 mph speed limit had a cig boat making 100mph runs up and down the lake and lake patrol did nothing. They crashed the boat and atleast one person died. They started making everyone carry a life jacket and seat cushon for each person in your boat. If you didnt have one you were charged $15 per for rental to get on the lake. It was total BS. Blame everyone else for coastguard not doing their job.

bobberwatcher
01-27-2009, 10:21 PM
Well let's do it this way then,if you fall out of the boat and drown,then you don't get to collect your life insurance and your family has to pick up the tab for someone to recover you.... spent 15 years as a rescue diver in the fire dept.and it's no fun to recover a body with the family standing on the bank. Then comes the good part of having your family member identifying your remains....Ranks right up there with having a root canal with no deadening....:(

Could not agree more. I heard a story in our State newspaper that an 80 year old man wrote about the helmet law. Don't remember how it got to the point it did but the 80 year old man was the only person still alive to take care of his 55 yr old son that made a choice not to wear a helmet while riding his harley. His son had a choice not to wear one, however the father didn't have a choice but to take care of his son. Can you imagine being 80 years old and not only having to take care of yourself, but take care of your son? PFD's are no different. IMO

luvjign
01-27-2009, 10:33 PM
Well let's do it this way then,if you fall out of the boat and drown,then you don't get to collect your life insurance and your family has to pick up the tab for someone to recover you.... spent 15 years as a rescue diver in the fire dept.and it's no fun to recover a body with the family standing on the bank. Then comes the good part of having your family member identifying your remains....Ranks right up there with having a root canal with no deadening....:(Yep, I'm right there with'ya. The drowning of those two Missouri fellas here last spring still haunts me. I didn't know them, but I was out there that day. My partner and I were scared for our lives. It was bad, and I don't have a little boat. Those fellas had family, and to have to wait all night into the next morning for Rescue to find your loved ones is something I don't want my wife and 3 kids to have to got through like that family did. Wear'em!!

fish_4_all
01-27-2009, 10:37 PM
I wear one on the river when I am wading. There are good ones out there that are not expensive. I haven't seen the worst of it but my dad and I pulled a 10 year old buy, 12 year old girl and an older man from a local river while fishing. It took all we had to get them off the logs they clung to before the undertow back current would have taken them under. They might have come out when the next big storm came. All because they wanted to have fun and inner tube down the river without PFD's.

I won't set foot on a boat without one and I will not allow any family member not to wear one when the boat is moving: trolling, big motor or drifting.

zappaf19
01-28-2009, 08:06 AM
I wear one when the big motor runs, I do this by choice. Everyone makes choices and the choice to wear a PFD should be theirs.
Bill