When I run my boat solo I stuff my fat ass into a preserver and attach the kill switch to it on a 23 ft boat. Lol. I too am thinking about one of those fancier inflatables…
I've always wore a kill switch religiously. Even before it was law.I know many of us have decades under our belt on the water either behind a steering wheel or in front of a tiller handle. Unfortunately 3 people died over the weekend in Florida waters. In 2 separate boating accidents one here in Ft Myers where on Sunday with it blowing 25 plus some guy and his step father decide to take a 16 foot johnboat in the Calossahatchee around downtown. On the way back in the boat sunk and only the step father was rescued and FWC found a body today very sad he left behind a daughter. The other incident was a rental boat on a lake where the people where new to boating and the lady jumped in the water to set the anchor.As she did this the boat floated away from her so the 2 guys on the boat both jump in the save her and they both disappeared as the boat floated away with their 2 kids on it. Thankfully the lady survived. I say this as I'm one to never wear a life vest and fish solo most of the time. I am thinking of getting one of the self inflating ones just be careful out there people it only takes a second to go sideways. I prefer not to go fishing if there are white caps out there. With summer coming I'm sure there will be more unfortunately.
Tell us the night collision story.I’ve been tossed out of a boat before at slow speed and operator didn’t have kill switch on got lucky and it turned and hit bank, then 8 months ago my skiff got totaled by a night time collision with another boat without lights on.
I don’t mess around with safety gear anymore. Life jacket when running solo, always wearing kill switch if boat engine is running, if I need to run up to bow I just turn it off. New boat will have flotation foam, 2 bilge pumps, and I will be getting a plb. Stuff happens to quick out there.
This!! My 9yo daughter is getting more operating lessons today.You can drown in 6” of water poling your skiff solo if you fall off and hit your head just right. This is why I teach my son to know what to do if that happens and run the boat back to the cut where boats are.
Correct.The way I understand the life jacket law from the USCG, is that inflatable PFDs don't count towards your total life jackets on board unless they are being worn. Just something to keep in mind to prevent an avoidable ticket. Obviously the point of an inflatable PFD is that it can be worn comfortably while driving the boat, or while fishing.