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Old 06-05-2013
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But I bought mine from Pro Tech in North Van. They are great.

Pro-Tech Yacht Services Ltd
Address: 1629 Columbia St, North Vancouver, BC V7J 1A5
Phone604) 988-3052

Their site is down: http://www.pro-tech.bc.ca/
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Old 06-06-2013
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I also got mine from Pro Tech, good people, and active local racers.
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Pro-tech were still offering boat show pricing a few weeks ago = smoking deal.
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Old 06-11-2013
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Thanks guys. Pro Tech is one of Canada's biggest Spinlock Deckvest dealers. We sell 90% of our Spinlock Deckvests around the boat show, which is also around Southern Straits, so we buy a bunch of them on the boat show special from our distributor. We try to keep the special price all year if we are smart with our buying. We have all sizes and styles in stock and we can show you how to make your Deckvest fit with your different sailing gear. Also, we have recharge kits and accessories available. Pro Tech will beat any on line pricing when we don't lose money. HAHAHA

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Old 06-12-2013
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I just picked up a Deckvest (so I'm going to be really choked if a great deal suddenly shows up on them), and it is approved USCG, but not TC.

Actually, price to feature comparison, it's cheaper than a Mustang equally outfitted... and comfy.
The Spinlocks seem decent, but I didn't realize they still don't have TC certification.

Given that getting TC certification costs money, and having the jacket you are wearing TC certified is a nice feature (for the reasons outlined elsewhere in this thread), one could argue that in the price-to-feature comparison the Spinlock is missing one key feature compared to the Mustang ...

That said, even with the Mustang, the TC certification is dependent on you actually WEARING the thing at all times while on deck.

So if you have four foam-filled approved lifejackets aboard, and go out for a summer race with yourself and five crew, each with your own TC-approved inflatable lifejacket, and then the wind eases way off and the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and you all strip off your rain gear and life jackets and are lolling around on deck ... you are now non-compliant with the rules and could be ticketed by the Coast Guard for failure to have a compliant lifejacket for everyone on board (since you have six people but only four lifejackets approved as "on hand, but not worn" devices).

(Edit: Which means, henryr, that you are legal for five only as long as your wife is either wearing her lifejacket, or belowdecks. If she decides to suntan on the foredeck sans lifejacket, then you are only legal for four.)
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TC certification was the only reason I didn't get a Spinlock. Love the design of them.

I was just checking my MEC weekly email and I see they have a new Mustang inflatable that seems like a really low price at $135. Anyone seen these before?

http://www.mec.ca/product/5032-316/m...inflatable-pfd
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The best lifejacket is one you actually wear. I have a spinlock for bigger boats and a zhik when I'm on a smaller boat. Both are super comfy.
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According to Kinetc and other speakers at Vic-Maui/Straits prep seminars, inflatables only qualify as a PFD if you are actually wearing them, so TC approval on Spinlock doesn't really matter, assuming you won't always have it on from the second you leave the dock. What they suggested was carrying a number of TC approved keyhole PFDs equal to your max crew jammed under the V-berth, then you will always qualify. Then crew can bring or skipper can provide whatever brand/type of inflatable suits them and will most likely be worn.

I have a Spinlock that I wear most of the time. We have called for lifejackets out at the start of almost every race so far this year and always when there was any wind. I have another top of the line (at the time) Mustang auto with integrated harness, 3 point tether and sprayhood as a back up for offshore. Then I have 5 lighter auto inflatable pfds with leg straps but without harness that are more likely to be worn by crew in our normal daytime coastal conditions. We also carry 4 harnesses and tethers (some older but still perfectly fine) for overnight, near-coastal (we don't actually sail offshore here in Vancouver...) races or deliveries. This is for the rare occassions we sail in those conditions and crew don't have their own gear and means the weight of the harness isn't always around the wearer's neck for inshore. Every inflatable I have has a strobe clipped onto the inflater tube.

Most boats in Vancouver expect crew to bring their own personal safety gear, which is the opposite of the big boats I sailed in Hong Kong and Asia where all the safety gear was provided by the boats and was all up to standard, all the same quality and in top notch shape. As a skipper I am assuming command of my vessel and need to ensure we have all the other safety gear in working order, so I don't see why I wouldn't also provide lifejackets and tethers. If someone has their own gear that suits themmore and it is up to snuff, all the better.
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To revive an old dead thread.

I've been looking into PFD's from Europe most of them are built to ISO 12402-3

Here is a bunch of links on what I've found to document the research if nothing else.


http://www.crewsaver.co.uk/Leisure/p...rgofit-190n-cs

http://www.oceansafety.com/product-r...-kru-sport-pro

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/lj900-150...d_8303519.html

http://www.lalizas.com/subcategory.p...ected_id=16.01

http://www.mullion-pfd.com/products/life-jackets

http://www.secumar.com/prodlist1.e.532.14.html

http://www.baltic.se/en/products/

And there is more.
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Old 03-05-2015
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I've been looking for an inflatable PFD that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

So for this is the best option I've come up with.
ergofit-190n

This one I can get with a light, spray hood, and crotch straps for $315 CAD.

I'm buying for two at least and wanted to see if anyone else needs a proper PDF.

For reference a comparable spinlock is $430.00 CAD from binnical

4-6 week delivery.

PM me and share if you know anyone that may be interested.
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