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    OH CRAP! Yet another hiden cost of cycling!

    First it was the bike, then tires, then light, then a bag, then
    bottles and cages, then another bike, more tires, THEN!
    New cloths!

    NOW!

    I am getting the boat ready for the season and I just happened
    to slip on one of the life jackets. Three years ago I got the largest
    one Walmart had. Adult Oversize. It is way too large now. So
    large I fear it might slip over my head even with the straps as
    tight as they will go! Before it lacked about six inches coming
    together in the front!

    Off to Wally Wally for a new life jacket!

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    That would be a good cost though, right?
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    can't wait for that cost!!
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    Live longer from health benefits = work longer = more money made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuuian View Post
    Live longer from health benefits = work longer = more money made.
    I'll take your "Mr. Glass-Half-Full" sentiment and raise you one "Mr. Glass-Half-Empty": live longer from health benefits = longer retirement without an income = longer use of limited money = eating cat food to survive

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHOFM View Post
    I am getting the boat ready for the season and I just happened
    to slip on one of the life jackets. Three years ago I got the largest
    one Walmart had. Adult Oversize. It is way too large now. So
    large I fear it might slip over my head even with the straps as
    tight as they will go! Before it lacked about six inches coming
    together in the front!
    But you know how to swim. The coast guard requires you to have a PFD, not necessarily to be wearing it. Mine lives out its life strapped to the hull of my kayak.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    But you know how to swim. The coast guard requires you to have a PFD, not necessarily to be wearing it. Mine lives out its life strapped to the hull of my kayak.
    Fat lot of good it'll do you there if you hit your head when you go overboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BHOFM View Post

    I am getting the boat ready for the season and I just happened
    to slip on one of the life jackets. Three years ago I got the largest
    one Walmart had. Adult Oversize. It is way too large now. So
    large I fear it might slip over my head even with the straps as
    tight as they will go! Before it lacked about six inches coming
    together in the front!!
    Funny you brought this up. I fish tournaments regularly, and my leftover straps have been growing all season. I fished one this last weekend, and I have it tightened all of the way, and it is still a little loose. I just paid $100 for that last season. I may be able to save it for my winter fishing jacket to wear over a few layers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    Fat lot of good it'll do you there if you hit your head when you go overboard.
    I'm actually more worried about dehydration! ( Sea kayakers don't have much opportunity to hit their heads; there's nothing but deep water, and the boat is too narrow to hit on. Plus, in cold water, I wear a dry suit, also known as a balloon. )
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Any one that goes to sea in a kayak needs a blow to the head now and then!

    Our boat will do about five mph, six on a real good day!

    We have been out in some rough weather, but it is a long narrow winding
    lake and you are never that far from shore. Plus there are boats out and
    about most of the time. I do put the jacket on if I feel it might be needed.

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    ...I've been in the water, unexpectedly, in Lake Mead (jumping in after my then-girlfirend who started to panic a bit while swimming). Went in without a vest--and watched our boat drift away a bit, with the sole pasenger struggling to fire it up and come get us. Those were a long 5 minutes in the water.

    I would never again go out over open water without a vest.
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    I am puzzled by people who go boating that cannot swim and do not wear a life vest. Seems silly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    But you know how to swim. The coast guard requires you to have a PFD, not necessarily to be wearing it. Mine lives out its life strapped to the hull of my kayak.
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