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Old 21-02-2011, 01:26   #1
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PFDs and Tenders

Im out of pocket $60 per person due to using my tender to get from dock to the mooring as I can chain my tender but have know ware to put PFDs and at $100 each not cheep to replace.

The revenue raiser is correct Marine Safety Victoria - Personal Flotation Devices

so yes I have committed a crime but Im not chucking away money on Pfds, what do others do?
I cant hide them in my zodiac
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Old 21-02-2011, 03:51   #2
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Take them with you? (if they're not too heavy )
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Old 21-02-2011, 04:14   #3
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Re: PFD and tenders

Get some type II yoke ones just for the dink. Don't know about Australia, but U.S. prices are running about $8 each. I believe I've seen them for as low as $5 each on sale. And they're not very popular so less likely to be stolen.


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Get some type II yoke ones just for the dink. Don't know about Australia, but U.S. prices are running about $8 each. I believe I've seen them for as low as $5 each on sale. And they're not very popular so less likely to be stolen.


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Exactly. You'd be nuts to keep the nice ones in the tender. Yesterday I helped a friend un-ground by running out an anchor; a cheap PFD padded the bottom against his plow. Sure wouldn't use an inflatable for that.

Leaving them mildewed helps too .
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http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|135|439|786358&id=1338420

$7.95 each.
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Im out of pocket $60 per person due to using my tender to get from dock to the mooring as I can chain my tender but have know ware to put PFDs and at $100 each not cheep to replace.

The revenue raiser is correct Marine Safety Victoria - Personal Flotation Devices

so yes I have committed a crime but Im not chucking away money on Pfds, what do others do?
I cant hide them in my zodiac
Thats crazy.. I am really struggling to think of any deaths involving a tender going from shore to mooring. The risk is so small that it is negligable. If they continue being this stupid they will want Epirbs next.

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Re: PFD and tenders

I have an inflatable PFD (Type 1) thats the type used on aircraft and they are in a small pouch the size of a womans SMALL handbag.
It fits neatly into a small plastic box I have in the dink that holds the torch.
The box is about 12 inches long and 6 inches wide.
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Thats crazy.. I am really struggling to think of any deaths involving a tender going from shore to mooring. The risk is so small that it is negligable.
Here in Brittany, stories about drowned professional fishermen were frequent in the newspapers before PFD were made compulsory in tenders.

In winter, the water temp is about 10C / 50F. Oilies and seaboots didn't help for swimming

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Re: PFDs and Tenders

I use an inflatable one from west marine and always wear it in the dink and when I get to shore it goes with me either in a back pack or I stow it. I used to put it in the dink untill carelessly I tossed it in and there was six inches of water, needless to say it inflated right away. haha
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Here in Brittany, stories about drowned professional fishermen were frequent in the newspapers before PFD were made compulsory in tenders.

In winter, the water temp is about 10C / 50F. Oilies and seaboots didn't help for swimming

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So its a geographical issue then, colder places perhaps should legislate for it ( I didnt think of that). In warmer climates I would still like to know how many deaths in tenders there has been.

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So its a geographical issue then, colder places perhaps should legislate for it ( I didnt think of that). In warmer climates I would still like to know how many deaths in tenders there has been.

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Re: PFDs and Tenders

You must have something on the tender you could lock them to, a fitting for you dockline or anchor. I would run a cable-type bicycle lock through the PFD's & lock them to the tender. I'd still use the cheapo ones though!
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Re: PFDs and Tenders

I've seen several people lose it on beach landings in surf so it's no joke to keep a PFD on at least if there are waves or a heavily loaded vessel. If I'm doing anything serious I just have my harness/auto PFD on.

However we keep two regular TYPE II's on board stuffed in the bow under a seat. Easy to get at, out of the sun, and the space isn't usable otherwise. Works well. All of our PFD's have the vessels name written on them in block letters like the commercial style of doing it.

I haven't seen anyone steal these type of PFD's.
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Re: PFDs and Tenders

I pretty much only buy the silly orange cheapies. I never wear a PFD. I know some will naysay, but it is really unnecessary. Kayaking? Sure. Small dinghy in a big ocean? Okay.

Dinghy in a protected anchorage? Unnecessary.

While sailing solo?

You lose the boat, you're toast, it's that simple.
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use duct tape.

most dinks have a thwart seat used for rowing. on mine, two of those orange cheapie PFDs will fit neatly beneath the seat, and a single round of duct tape on each one will keep them there.
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