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#12434114 - 09/20/17 10:06 AM Replacing Your PFD?
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
Woman of the year 2015

Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 25843
Loc: Denton County
My PFD is about 8 years old now.

I took a dip in it and was not too impressed with the level of flotation it was providing.

It looks to be in good shape still, but do they break down over time?

When do you know you need a new one? Do they have an expiration date?
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#12434119 - 09/20/17 10:09 AM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Tallgrass05 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 41765
Loc: Kansas
The flotation foam inside probably slowly dries out and deteriorates. Most of them have about 16 lbs of buoyancy, so tie a bowling ball to it, drop it in the water, and see what happens.

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#12434449 - 09/20/17 03:16 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Bayou_Fennec Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/19/14
Posts: 68
Loc: Austin
expiration date usually falls around Christmas or Father's Day at my house

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#12434663 - 09/20/17 06:26 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Bayou_Fennec]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
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Registered: 11/18/09
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Loc: Denton County
Originally Posted By: Bayou_Fennec
expiration date usually falls around Christmas or Father's Day at my house


roflmao
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#12437739 - 09/22/17 06:16 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
lconn4 Online   content
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Registered: 12/02/12
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Loc: Cherokee County
It doesn't need to float you, only keep you legal. bolt
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#12440927 - 09/25/17 12:04 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Floon Swenson Offline
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Registered: 09/06/16
Posts: 719
Originally Posted By: Dan90210 ☮
My PFD is about 8 years old now.

I took a dip in it and was not too impressed with the level of flotation it was providing.

It looks to be in good shape still, but do they break down over time?

When do you know you need a new one? Do they have an expiration date?


Along with losing buoyancy, have you noticed anything like the straps that you use to cinch it up are shrinking a little every year?

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#12441632 - 09/25/17 07:14 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: lconn4]
Neumie Offline
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Registered: 07/25/06
Posts: 3111
Loc: Hutto, Hallettsville, Rockport
Originally Posted By: lconn4
It doesn't need to float you, only keep you legal. bolt

Yeah, that's not true.

Originally Posted By: Code of Federal Regulations
Title 33 § 175.21
Condition; size and fit; approval marking

No person may use a recreational boat unless each PFD required by § 175.15 of this part or allowed by § 175.17 of this part is:
(a) In serviceable condition as provided in § 175.23;
(b) Of an appropriate size and fit for the intended wearer, as marked on the approval label; and
(c) Legibly marked with its approval number, as specified in 46 CFR part 160.

and
Originally Posted By: Code of Federal Regulations
Title 33 § 175.23
Serviceable condition

A PFD is considered to be in serviceable condition for purposes of § 175.21(a) only if the following conditions are met:
(a) No PFD may exhibit deterioration that could diminish the performance of the PFD, including—
(1) Metal or plastic hardware used to secure the PFD on the wearer that is broken, deformed, or weakened by corrosion;
(2) Webbings or straps used to secure the PFD on the wearer that are ripped, torn, or which have become separated from an attachment point on the PFD; or
(3) Any other rotted or deteriorated structural component that fails when tugged.
(b) In addition to meeting the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section, no inherently buoyant PFD, including the inherently buoyant components of a hybrid inflatable PFD, may exhibit—
(1) Rips, tears, or open seams in fabric or coatings, that are large enough to allow the loss of buoyant material;
(2) Buoyant material that has become hardened, non-resilient, permanently compressed, waterlogged, oil-soaked, or which shows evidence of fungus or mildew; or
(3) Loss of buoyant material or buoyant material that is not securely held in position.
(c) In addition to meeting the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section, an inflatable PFD, including the inflatable components of a hybrid inflatable PFD, must be equipped with—
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, a properly armed inflation mechanism, complete with a full inflation medium cartridge and all status indicators showing that the inflation mechanism is properly armed;
(2) Inflatable chambers that are all capable of holding air;
(3) Oral inflation tubes that are not blocked, detached, or broken;
(4) A manual inflation lanyard or lever that is not inaccessible, broken, or missing; and
(5) Inflator status indicators that are not broken or otherwise non-functional.
(d) The inflation system of an inflatable PFD need not be armed when the PFD is worn inflated and otherwise meets the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (c) of this section.
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#12442673 - 09/26/17 11:05 AM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Floon Swenson]
Reshelman Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/13/14
Posts: 357
Loc: McKinney
Originally Posted By: Floon Swenson
Originally Posted By: Dan90210 ☮
My PFD is about 8 years old now.

I took a dip in it and was not too impressed with the level of flotation it was providing.

It looks to be in good shape still, but do they break down over time?

When do you know you need a new one? Do they have an expiration date?


Along with losing buoyancy, have you noticed anything like the straps that you use to cinch it up are shrinking a little every year?







roflmao
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#12442678 - 09/26/17 11:07 AM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
christian myrick Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3131
Loc: little elm
My pfd is 3 years old and im going to get a new one this fall. Why take any unnecessary risks. I think there are a lot of better more exciting ways to risk your life.
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#12445655 - 09/28/17 03:05 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: christian myrick]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 25843
Loc: Denton County
Originally Posted By: christian myrick
My pfd is 3 years old and im going to get a new one this fall. Why take any unnecessary risks. I think there are a lot of better more exciting ways to risk your life.


I tend to agree. I will get a new one soon here.

It still looks in good shape but to your point, I would hate to be in a bad situation and not have my PFD to be in top shape.
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#12445829 - 09/28/17 06:33 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
C.M. Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/09/16
Posts: 150
I always buy a new pfd every time I go fishing. It is very irresponsible to reuse them -- you literally don't know when they could give up on you!

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#12446263 - 09/28/17 11:00 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: C.M.]
lconn4 Online   content
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 7155
Loc: Cherokee County
Originally Posted By: C.M.
I always buy a new pfd every time I go fishing. It is very irresponsible to reuse them -- you literally don't know when they could give up on you!


personal flotation device or personal fishing drawers? hmmm
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A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

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#12447077 - 09/29/17 03:37 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: Floon Swenson]
butch sanders Online   content
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 24664
Loc: Arlington, Texas
Originally Posted By: Floon Swenson
Originally Posted By: Dan90210 ☮
My PFD is about 8 years old now.

I took a dip in it and was not too impressed with the level of flotation it was providing.

It looks to be in good shape still, but do they break down over time?

When do you know you need a new one? Do they have an expiration date?


Along with losing buoyancy, have you noticed anything like the straps that you use to cinch it up are shrinking a little every year?






LOL

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#12470798 - 10/18/17 10:02 PM Re: Replacing Your PFD? [Re: C.M.]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
Woman of the year 2015

Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 25843
Loc: Denton County
Originally Posted By: C.M.
I always buy a new pfd every time I go fishing. It is very irresponsible to reuse them -- you literally don't know when they could give up on you!


Hmmm good point.
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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