Pontoon essentials?

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  1. underachiever

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    I only drive a small hatchback so this bad boy will be deflated and inside the vehicle during transport. I'm going to go to one of the kayak stores here in pdx and try on some pfd's. I do plan to get one I think is comfortable in so I'll feel inclined to wear it, I'm sure my wife would somehow find out if I wasn't wearing it and then I'll wish I'd drowned. I've kinda got my eye on the nrs chinook.

    This thing came with two sets of oars, the standard 5 ft oars and then some 6'6'' Aqua Bound Manta Ray oars. What's the advantage of a longer oar?
     
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    I've got the NRS Chinook, and really like it. It's very comfortable, and you kinda forget you have it on. Plus since it's basically a fly vest, after I've got my fly boxes and nippers in it, I end up wanting to put it on just so I'll have my stuff handy. It becomes a way to encourage me to wear my PFD.
     
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    Longer oars give you much more leverage on the water in sticky situations, plus they move you better on still water. I have never used the oars that came with any of my boats as they always seemed to be a compramise between price point for the manufacturer and what would at least move the boat.
     
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    Normally I would agree, but I use Stock oars on the Assault, the Predator and the Fuzion and they work just fine. Not disputing that longer are NOT better, they are, but stock oars for me are just fine. I just end up buying another rod instead of oars...LOL
     
  5. Brian Lind

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    Swimmer or no Swimmer wear a god damn life jacket. Find one that fits you well, wear it tight and wear it always. I'll admit I'm new to fly fishing and am currently researching my first boat but I work in the boating industry and all I can brow beat into you is: wear a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket reduces your risk of drowning by 50%, boaters that wear a life jacket are 60% less likely to die while boating. Still water or swift water it doesn't take much to incapacitate you especially if you fish solo, but even if you fish with your buddies. Also try putting a life vest on in moving water while in your fishing gear, that act alone can drown you.

    I've had a Stohlquist Brik PFD for about 15 years that I swear by although it's age is probably going to require a new one soon. Stohlquist makes a nice vest and I like the designs of their fishing PFD's. REI carries Stohlquist jackets and they can help fit you. Remember a vest should fit snug.

    Thus endeth my rant on personal safety.
     
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    Great rant and great advice! I have a Stohlquist PFD too love it! Long story short ended up in the water out of my kayak last fall and good thing I had my life jacket on, just that quick I was up to my neck and water pouring in the waders... grabbed my kayak and my buddies got me in. Just sold the kayak and bought a 'toon. I plan on the same routine, 100% wear the life jacket!
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Don't be dumbass, wear your jacket.
     
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    I ended up with the stohlquist fisherman. I tried on a handful of Pfds and it was the most comfortable.
     
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