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Hi all,

We’re visiting the Norfolk Broads in April 2018 with our 11 and 13 year old daughters and are hoping people could please offer some advice.

We’ll be hiring a boat (for three weeks) and have got safety harnesses for the girls which they’ll have on all the time, but we’re wondering what lifejackets people would recommend.  We know the boat hire firms often provide them but we’d rather bring our own so we know we’ve got the best and most comfortable ones.  At the moment we’re looking at getting them the Crewsaver Supersafe jackets but are wondering if anyone has used them and if they’re good, or might recommend something else?

Thanks very much any help.

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Welcome,You might want to try these people

http://www.lifejackets.co.uk/mobile/brand/13/harveys

who give Free advice,also they have package prices for a set of 4 complete with carry bag.
Or you could visit a chandelry and try them on,personal I would go for the automatic type that self inflate.

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Welcome. What do you mean by safety harnesses? If you're on a cruiser why would you need harnesses? I understand sea-going and racing yachts might require them, but it seems a bit OTT for a broads motor cruiser? Especially if you are thinking of investing in auto-inflating life jackets. Unless I am mis-reading your post.

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Hi there,
Welcome to the forum , can I ask what hireboat yard your hiring from ? Reason being that many of the hireboat yards do now supply comfortable lifejackets , it may pay to ring and ask the yard what type they do supply , it really is pointless in buying lifejackets when comfortable ones are supplied, few little pointers or rules I have in place when I'm afloat with the family , everyone inside when afloat going along , when either mooring up or setting off , lifejackets on , when crossing breydon water again everyone inside whist travelling,

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I have just had a look at the Crewsaver Supersafe and to be honest I would not waste my money - they do not need the additional foam on the rivers. Buy two auto inflates - there is plenty on offer around £50 or so and the girls may enjoy having some of the more brightly coloured ones now available.

I have never insisted on mine wearing life jackets within the confines of the boat, but especially when moving, when on deck and coming into moor etc etc. A lot of commonsense has to be involved - you after all are ultimately responsible - even outside a golden rule is one hand for yourself and one for the boat!!

But with two young girls an absolute necessity is hiring a dinghy - kids can have endless fun teaching themselves to row and being safe they can quite happily go off doing that on their own with only minimum supervision!

And jackets under similar rules for the adults makes sense too - as has been said lots of yards now supply them but if they have been used a bit, on handover just ask the yard to check that the gas bottle is screwed in properly - they can work loose.

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Oct-27-2017 @ 9:51 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Tonkatravels
I agree with what earlier posts say however here are a few points to add
When my daughter was 11 she and her 11yo friend crewed for me on the broads (first time visit for both though both could swim)no problem at all & back when 12,13 14 & 15 with 3 different friends!
Boatyard jackets bright orange and cumbersome and not popular and rarely seen in use (I have been observing from the quay all summer)
Just be sure they avoid the side decks when under way and don't play around till moored .North broads mean less time between stops though in 3 weeks do visit both
I dont think I have seen anyone  using tie-lines and most boats not conducive to their use use as designed no doubt for sea going type of boats and such vessels do not go under most bridges.
Let us know what you are hiring to allow members to sharpen their responses
Have fun!

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Oct-27-2017 @ 10:21 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Tonka I would suggest a auto one that is the easiest and most comfortable one to put on and wear,I have seen lots of children refusing to wear a jacket when its bulky and restrictive,especially if its hot and sunny and for three weeks!! it needs to be comfortable and automatic, One other thing try it on first before you buy if your child is big many jackets straps aren't long enough to be comfortable.John

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Hi again
As if by magic since sending original message there were a family of regular boaters on the quay and they recommend Crewsaver Crewfit 150 which are red but their children are happy to wear as quite discreet they got them on line the children (about 9 & 11 were full of praise for them )They agreed harness not practical except if ever seagoing!
Hope this helps

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Oct-27-2017 @ 11:06 AM                           Permalink
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Welcome... as I was drafting a response Helmsman beat me to it!

I’m a great Crewsaver fan, if they’re good enough for the professionals they’re good enough for me; my wife and myself each have Hammar hydrostatic auto-inflating jobbies with crutch straps (note I said “have”, don’t always wear, mea maxima culpa), and we keep a couple of non-Hammar ones on board for guests.

For our grandson we have a Crewsaver foam lifejacket, most importantly with a steel ring to attach a safety line, he’s not allowed on deck without one of us on the other end of it. But at four years old he’s already finding it uncomfortable and your daughters will NOT enjoy the Supersafe models. Crewfit 150 Junior might be more appropriate and Winter deals are to be had; “safety harnesses” seem to be a bit of overkill?

I can’t comment on the jackets now being provided by the boatyards, but if you intend to hire more frequently - I’m sure your girls will love it - purchasing comfortable lifejackets that will become second nature for them to wear might be an investment.

Peter

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Oct-27-2017 @ 4:48 PM                           Permalink
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Crewsavers are worn by Harwich pilot boat crew and are what HM gave customs officers for messing about in boats (I've still got mine (wink emoji))

Andy and Kathy (IP11)

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