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Life Jacket Guide - What Kind Of Life Jacket Is Right For Me?

Published July 22nd, 2019 by Robert Haggerty

Do you need a new life jacket, but don’t know where to start? Here is some information to help you pick the right jacket to keep you floating this summer. 


Who Needs to Where A Life Jacket? 

  • Children under the age of 12 aboard a boat less than 65 feet in length, canoes, kayaks or rowboats unless in a totally enclosed cabin

  • Everyone being towed (wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, etc.)

  • Everyone aboard a boat less than 21 feet in length, including rowboats, canoes, and kayaks, while underway between November 1st and May 1st 

  • Everyone aboard a Personal WaterCraft (PWC)


What Kind of Life Jacket Do I Need? 

  • This can vary from state to state, but here in In NY State, a wearable life jacket it required for every person aboard the boat. These life jackets must be: 

  • U. S. Coast Guard approved  

  • The proper size for the intended wearer

  • In good and serviceable condition 

  • Properly stowed (readily accessible)


Are There Different Types of Life Jackets? And Which Type Do I Need?

  • There are five different types of Life Jackets available, each with its own intended purpose. A type III Life Jacket is most common for water sports and recreational boating, but it is helpful to understand all five types and their intended purposes. 

  • Type I: Intended Use - When cruising, racing and fishing offshore , or when boating alone, or in stormy conditions. Best for open, rough or remote water where rescue may be slow to arrive. Will turn MOST unconscious wearers face-up in water. Offers the best protection, but is somewhat bulky and uncomfortable. Does the best job of retaining body heat, as it has additional foam and fabric, and keeps your head higher above water. Currently, there aren't any Coast Guard approved Type I inflatable PFD's available to the general public.

  • Type II: Intended Use - Inland day cruising, fishing and sailing. Good for boating in light craft. Good for protected, inland water near shore, where chances of immediate rescue is good. Not suitable for extended survival in rough water. Will turn SOME unconscious wearers face-up in water. Poor performer in rough water, often requires you to tread water in order to keep your head above water. More comfortable but less buoyant than Type I. Provides far less flotation than a Type I

  • Type III: Intended Use - Supervised activities, such as sailing regattas, dinghy races, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and during personal watercraft operation.Good for protected, inland water near shore, where chance of immediate rescue is good. (BEST FOR WATER SPORTS AND RECREATION!) 

  • Type IV: Throwable Device - Intended Use - A Type IV is designed to be thrown to an overboard victim or to supplement the buoyancy of a person overboard. It is not to be worn. A Type IV throwable device can be a square style, or a ring buoy or horseshoe buoy mounted on deck. A Type IV is not for unconscious persons, non-swimmers or children. Although these devices are often referred to as seat cushions, you should never use it as such. This degrades the foam and reduces the amount of floatation that is provided. NOTE - Type IV devices must be IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE for use. You must have one at arm's length to throw over the side in an emergency. Having one in a locker under the driver's seat isn't considered "immediately available."

  • Type V: Special use life jackets - Intended Use - Restricted to the special use for which each is designed, for example: sailboard harness, deck suit, paddling vest, commercial white water vest or float coats. Must be worn when underway to meet minimum US Coast Guard requirements. Simply having a Type V PFD on board will not meet the USCG carriage requirements.


How Do I Know What Size Life Jacket I Need? 

  • If your life jacket fits properly, It will help keep your head above the water. Too big, and the life jacket will ride up around your face. Too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat. To make sure that you choose the correct fitting life jacket for you, we recommend trying them on for size. When doing so, run through the following steps: 

  1. Check the manufacturer’s label to ensure that the life jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight. 

  2. Make sure the jacket is properly fastened. 

  3. Hold your arms straight up over your head.  

  4. Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up. 

  5. Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.


For additional tips for how to stay safe on the water this summer, make sure to check out our Seager Marine blog post “Boat Safely in NY State” .


30 Years of Scout Boats

Published April 19th, 2019 by Robert Haggerty

- April 19, 2019

Scout Boats is celebrating their 30th year of building American Marine excellence! To help celebrate this major landmark for the Boat Builders out of South Carolina, we would like to share some history on how Scout Boats has changed the Marine Industry over the past three decades. 

- In a news letter from Scout Boat dealers on April 18th: 

"1989...the year it all began.

Much has changed in the marine industry over the past three decades. And we're honored to have played a large role in creating a lot of that change. From industry-first innovations to award-winning designs, our Scout family continues to put big smiles on our customers all around the world.

In 30 years, we've become a global brand...a mainstay on the water...a company people are excited about being a part of, and we're just as excited to have you as a part of our growing family.

Thank you to all of you that have helped get us where we are today!" 

- Take a look at Scouts innovation timeline below, and get a sense of how marine innovations have been at the core of Scout since the beginning. 

Nautique Honored With Customer Satisfaction and Inovation Awards at the 2019 Miami Boat Show

Published February 21st, 2019 by Robert Haggerty

MIAMI, FL (FEBRUARY 15, 2019) – Nautique Boat Company was honored in multiple award categories at the Miami International Boat Show. During the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) awards ceremony, Nautique received awards for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction and product innovation.

Each year, the NMMA Marine Industry CSI Awards honor participating boat manufacturers that continually measure customer satisfaction. This is an independently measured category in which Nautique maintained a score of over 90 percent in customer satisfaction during the past year based on information provided by customers purchasing an inboard watersports boat. Achieving that score, Nautique once again took home their 13th consecutive CSI award for outstanding customer satisfaction.

The highlight of the day was during the NMMA Innovation Awards. Recognized as one of the highest achievements for product innovation in the marine industry, Nautique took home the Propulsion Equipment and Parts Award for MicroTuner® technology that is incorporated into the 2019 Ski Nautique. The MicroTuners® deploy from the transom of the Ski Nautique and cause a disturbance in the water that fill in the toughs of the wake and provide a superior experience for the waterskier. This technology had never been done previously, and the patented MicroTuners® have been credited as one of the most significant innovations the waterskiing world has seen in recent years.

“It is motivating to work in an industry that recognizes manufacturers that relentlessly drive innovation which in turn changes the marketplace,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “We are honored for the awards presented to Nautique today and I’m proud of the entire Nautique team for their tireless efforts and dedication to greatness.” Meloon added.

2019 Greater Rochester Boat Show

Published January 16th, 2019 by Robert Haggerty

The 36th annual Greater Rochester Boat Show will once again be hosted at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on January 31st to February 3rd, and Seager Marine wants to make sure you have all the information needed to join in on this years boat show fun! 

Who: Seager Marine, the Greater Rochester Boat Show, and 19 featured boats from our 5 amazing manufacturers! 

What: Our booth will be STOCKED with 19 brand new boats from our 5 amazing manufactures. Come take a at the top 2019 offerings from Nautique, Chris-Craft, Avalon Pontoon Boats, Lund Fishing Boats, and Scout Boats. The boat show is also one of the best times of the year to buy, with great boat show only discounts, rebates, and specials. 

When: Thursday, January 31st - Sunday, February 3rd. 

Thur-Fri: 11AM - 9PM

Sat: 10AM-9PM

Sun: 10AM-5PM (Just in time to get to your Super Bowl party!) 


The Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 E Main St,

Rochester, NY 14604

- Seager Marine will be located on the first floor of the convention center in the Grand Lilac Ballroom. 

Why: Great selection of 2019 boats, the best deals of the year on new and used boats, fun activities for the kids, and Seager Marine sponsored raffle! 


Call us at: (585) 394-1372

Email: sales@seagermarine.com 


Boat Full Of Joy Toy Drive!

Published December 21st, 2018 by Robert Haggerty

We are beyond thankful for all those in our community who donated toys this holiday season to our first annual Boat Full of Joy Toy Drive! Between our amazing customers, employees, members of the Canandaigua community, and our partners at Northwestern Mutual of Rochester we were able to fill the festively decorated Super Air Nautique 230 sitting in our front show room. Today, December 21, 2018 we unloaded the boat and sent our little wakeboarding elf's out to start packing and delivering toys to children in our local area that could use a little joy this Christmas. 

There are a number of amazing organizations nation wide that dedicate tremendous time and energy towards toy drives around the holidays, and we have been especially impressed with the Pirate Toy Funds as we have become a first year partner. Not only is this organization rooted locally, keeping the toy donations in the greater Rochester area, but they are the only organization in the country that is dedicated to this cause year round. They have distributed more that 250,000 toys to local children since being founded in 1995. Learn more about the Pirate Toy Fund and how you can help at https://www.piratetoyfund.org/ 



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