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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:53 am 
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I am renewing my Hobie Cat life (Hobie 16) after having raced significantly from 1976 thru 1986. I am fortunate enough to have found a mint condition 16 with barely a scratch or bump mark on it as it was a well cared for race tuned machine.

In any event, back then, we wore what was known as a trapvest which doubled as an approved PFD and trapeze harness. This eliminated the need to wear both a PFD and a butt bucket. I have not been able to find any trapvests either brand new or used anywhere on the market. Does anyone have any information on them? Did they stop making them etc.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:04 pm 
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Never heard of a "trapvest" but I can pretty much guarantee you that a modern life jacket and harness will blow away anything from 30+ years ago with regard to comfort and performance. This equipment has really been refined over the years, making it hard to believe we actually tolerated the harnesses from the past (can you say wedgie, or reverse wedgie??).

When buying a life jacket, look for one that is either sailing specific or kayaking specific. These types of vests tend to have the most clearance around the trapeze hook as well as large, comfortable openings for your arms.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:56 pm 
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Thanks for reply. I hear you...but it sure was nice to only have to deal with ONE item that took care of both the PFD and trapeze harness...and they were very comfortable.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:44 pm 
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I've been looking at using this one.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:23 am 
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I have a Cabela's Comfort Mesh PFD that looks very similar but has two zippered pockets. It's very comfortable and I can get everything I want in the pockets. I probably would not want to use it if I had a trapeze because it seems bulky at the front, with lots of stuff to get caught.


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:34 am 
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You are lokking for something like this

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/58 ... ze-harness

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:10 am 
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That CE certified 50n is not USCG approved for use in the USA. Too small for the US and in Europe they only allow it for inshore sailing with support at hand.

https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=52932

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The CE standard for a 50 newton PFD says:

This level is intended for use by those who are competent swimmers and who are near to bank, shore, or who have help and a means of rescue close at hand. These garments have minimal bulk, but they are of limited use in disturbed water, and cannot be expected to keep the user safe for a long period of time. They do not have sufficient buoyancy to protect people who are unable to help themselves. They require active participation by the user. Standards applicable to this level; EN 393 or ISO 12402 – 5.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:01 pm 
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Very close........I have a picture of one circa 1985 if I can figure out how to post it into this response!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:36 pm 
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I have some pictures of it but can't figure out how to download them on this site!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:36 am 
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I have two original Hobie "butt buckets" that came with my boat circa 1984, blue with yellow flying H logos on them, barely even used at all. I will try to get a pic if that is what you are wanting a pic of.

Here are they are.
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I will try to get some inside shots if needed.
I went ahead and took a few more pics.
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These things are like brand new, never used and actually have some padding in them. I think I may just use them or should they just go in a Hobie Museum? Lol.

I like these life vests because they have some back support and a few pockets also.

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