Jan 19, 2014 9:30 AM
Post #15 of 33
A float coat is on my wish list, although as a big guy (size 56 in a sportjacket) I am concerned about one big enough to provide mobility. |
I will add that I used to be in the "wear a life jacket in the boat and take it off while hunting ashore" camp.
A scary experience this year has pushed me to the kind of life jacket Troy showed and keeping it on anytime I am even close to water. Cold day in the November salt marsh, and I slipped on some freshwater ice where I was expecting salt slushy mud. I ended up sliding down the bank and into about 6 feet of water. Fortunately I had not yet taken off my lifejacket, and wearing it over waders floated me high enough, combined with it's compressing my wader tops, that I barely got wet.
Without the lifejacket, at best I'd have been soaked and struggling in 6 feet of water on a cold day with a mile plus paddle back to my truck. With it, I wormed back ashore and continued my hunt.
"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
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