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Yes 163 75.81%
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:09 AM   #141
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:39 AM   #142
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Thanks RichieC - one of the best posts I've seen in this thread. Excellent perspective
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #143
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I used to strap mine around my backpack so it would float if I flipped... dumb. Now I wear it.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #144
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Iím a bit over bearing and over protecting as a dad, so wearing a PFD was required on our family trips. Now that the kids are grown and flown, itís just my wife and I.
Iíll occasionally paddle with her on sunny warm days on small quiet waters sans PFD, but she never goes without it. I left my superman cape in a phone booth somewhere, so Iím feeling less confident and more human these days. When Iím solo, even for a quiet morning paddle with my coffee, I wear it. Maybe itís my security blanket for an aging middle- aged guy, but I know itíll keep me safer than any aspirations of athletic prowess.
Sorry to lecture, itís the dad thing kicking in again.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:08 PM   #145
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Iím a bit over bearing and over protecting as a dad, so wearing a PFD was required on our family trips. Now that the kids are grown and flown, itís just my wife and I.
Iíll occasionally paddle with her on sunny warm days on small quiet waters sans PFD, but she never goes without it. I left my superman cape in a phone booth somewhere, so Iím feeling less confident and more human these days. When Iím solo, even for a quiet morning paddle with my coffee, I wear it. Maybe itís my security blanket for an aging middle- aged guy, but I know itíll keep me safer than any aspirations of athletic prowess.
Sorry to lecture, itís the dad thing kicking in again.
It's called wisdom.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:17 PM   #146
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heck Yes!

I can't think of a good reason not too!
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:49 PM   #147
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Wow. Good advice. I capsized my Coleman Scanoe by trying to turn too fast with an electric motor and a stiff wind. I recall myself saying, "I can't believe I'm going in". I lost my cell phone, rod & reel and some gear. The motor churned over my head full blast. When I came up the canoe was still going in a circle and I grabbed the gunwale and hung on. No life jacket on but I was able to turn off the motor and grab the PFD. The water was chilly as this was October. No one around. Steep high bank (not climbable) on one side, open water on the other side. I had to let go of the side to put on my PFD and that's when I had to let go of the cel phone. Fortunately I found a ledge with my feet about four feet down and wedged the boat into a crevice and climbed back in. There was about five inches of water in the boat but the battery still powered the electric motor. It was difficult trying to "balance" with all that water wanting to capsize me again but I made it to a ramp about a 1/4 mile away.

I ordered outriggers after that and wore my PFD instead of just having it close. I was lucky. I thought I was a goner. Life seemed much sweeter on the way home. Mother Nature offers quick lessons - if you live through it. I remember praying while trying to hang on. I highly recommend wearing one even if it is hot.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:27 PM   #148
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I didn't wear one as a kid growing up in Maine, we kept them in the canoe but rarely wore them. We didn't get a canoe till I was 13 or so and when we had it we only used it on calm days for day trips during warm weather and mostly in shallow water. Probably would have been smart to wear them then, looking back. I have only ever worn the Type 1 PFDs that are a bit awkward, my plan for when I build my solo canoe this spring is to buy a Type 3 since they look like they would fit a bit better and be out of the way of the arms. To me it makes sense that I should wear one most of the time, but on a calm day when I am not "out of my depth" and it was hot I would not feel any great compunction about not wearing it either.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:50 PM   #149
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The Type III's are so comfortable. If you find one that fits you you shouldn't notice it.

I remember the days of horsecollars too and never wore it much back then.. Too much bulk!
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:15 PM   #150
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I can't think of a good reason not too!
'nuff said
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:50 AM   #151
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I'm embarrassed to say that I usually keep it in the canoe except for nasty conditions. However, after reading all the above voices of reason, I will wear it religiously. Thanks to you all for the kick in the ass.
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:55 PM   #152
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99.9 % of the time , the navy taught me well

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Old 04-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #153
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New TV as from New Zealand

Saw this the other day...funny, and effective.

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Old 05-11-2016, 10:06 PM   #154
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I'll admit I don't always wear it, mainly on those hot summer days when I'm bass fishing from my kayak in two feet of water. Still, the older I get the more I wear it and I have several, including a Co2 inflatable that is much more comfortable than most. Most of the time a standard vest is what I wear when the water is cold (like now) or when I'm on big lakes like Lake George and others.

Here's an article I wrote about cold water safety: http://www.adirondackoutdoorsmagazin...lesson-for-all

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