Post By: MOJO Posted: 6/4/2019 9:10:20 AMPoints: 272
This is just a reminder that, especially for canoes, kayaks and other small craft, that your PFD will do no good in the bottom of your craft, this time of year and throughout the year in many places, unless you happen to be within swimming distance of shore and within the time that hypothermia takes you.
Just returned from a Northern CO lake where I saw some canoers on a breezy day, boat without their PFDs on. Water temp was very cold. cheers and safe fishing, all!
Reply by: idlerick Posted: Jun. 4, 9:40:46 AM Points: 4
Good reminder, and I'll add a thought: If you have a CO2-inflated PFD and you bought it on-line, chances are the CO2 cartridge isn't screwed onto the inflation device. I wore one for years and never thought to open the thing up and inspect it until one year I finally tested it and found -- nothing! Carriers (USPS, UPS, etc) don't like things blowing up by accident, so PFD manufacturers will leave the cartridge un-installed to be safe. If you don't read the instructions (who'd do that?) you may never know until it's too late.
Yes indeed a great reminder. I always try to where mind even when uncomfortable. I mostly fish alone. All it takes is 2 seconds. I about went over turning the boat with the trolling motor last time I was out. I wasnt even moving just kind of sitting in the wind. You never know until it's too late.
I watched a man fall through the ice at Aurora,he was wearing a inflateable PFD . . . . .guess what? He pulled the cord and it would not open the Velcro fastener,so it only inflated above and below the Velcro . . . .looked like four softballs.All this after we told him,he was too close to the edge.