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Junior Racing PFD USCG Approved?
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NoSalt
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Jun 23, 2013, 8:09 AM

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Hi all, my 10yo son is crewing on an xboat that will do several inland races/regattas in Wisconsin this summer. Does anyone know if USCG-approved life jackets are required and what the difference is? I see a Gill side-zip that looks good (would love feedback if anyone has it) and it appears that there are 2 versions - one USCG approved and one not approved that is $20 less. Thanks in advance for any and all help!

USCG Approved $120: http://www.gillsailinggear.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=GSG&Product_Code=DG4913R&Category_Code=Gilll-Life-Vests-and-PFD

Not Approved $99
http://www.linehonors.com/products/Gill/GILL-RACING-PULL-ON.html





BWiggins
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Jun 24, 2013, 1:10 PM

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Hi NoSalt,

The Law states that every child needs to wear a USCG Approved Life Jacket. If you are not concerned with him getting checked by the local Police or Coast Guard unit, the Non-Approved will do fine.

However, the fines are far higher than $21 difference here.

One note, if he is under 90 Pounds, he can use the Gill Junior (USCG Approved) for under $90. Please see this link:
http://dieballstore.com/apparel/buoyancy-aids.html

We also offer the Pull-On version. It's just not available on our site. If you are interested, Please reply and I will send my contact info.

I hope this helps!

Bill Wiggins
www.dieballstore.com

PS: Here is the Wisconsin Law Simplified:
http://www.boat-ed.com/wi/handbook/pfds.htm





NoSalt
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Jun 25, 2013, 8:04 AM

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Thanks, Bill. He is 75lbs, chest 28 1/2", Height 4'8", no fat on the guy thanks to constant sports. Is the pullover the one shown here with a side-zip? http://dieballstorecom/apparel/buoyancy-aids/gill-uscg-approved-side-zip-pfd.html#.UcmunaXvzB

Do kids tend to like front or side zip (or pullover if it's a third type)? My son tends to not like bulky clothing. He sails X's. I also noticed that almost every kid had an Extrasport at my daughter's Opti regatta yesterday, and have noticed a lot of them in the past couple of days on x boaters. Do you know the difference in comfort and functionality?


BWiggins
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Jun 25, 2013, 8:10 AM

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Hi NoSalt,
That one is a side zip. Most sailors (young and old) like those because the flotation is centered in the front and less bulky.

The ExtraSport Pullovers have been discontinued because the CG would not approve their use in the US.

The Gill Side Zip is really the best option in any dinghy.

Tell him Good Luck in the X-Boats this season!

Bill
bill@dieballsailing.com
803-354-6973





NoSalt
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Jun 25, 2013, 9:56 AM

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Bill, I'd like to get one. Would you please give me your contact info? Thanks.


BWiggins
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Jun 25, 2013, 9:59 AM

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bill@dieballsailing.com

803-354-6973


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