Guys, almost as important as your PFD is the engine LANYARD CORD.
I've failed to wear mine much of this year and saw it lying there the other day. I'll wear it going forward.
An out-of-control moving boat can mean tragedy for you or others even with a vest on, especially for anyone in the water.
I had a hunting friend who died when we were in high school. They figure he hit his head when the canoe overturned. Possibly not hard enough to knock him out, but enough to disorient him so he couldn't survive without a lifejacket.
@Panhandler80 , sorry for your loss and sadness. It touches home as I lost a great hunting & fishing buddy and close friend in 2017 due to drowning while he was on a fly fishing trip in a western state. Think about him almost every day.
I didn't get my first boat until my mid-30's, and my mom made me promise to always wear a life jacket when on the water. She is long gone but I honor that promise to this day. Should probably commit to my lanyard as well, this is a sad reminder that it matters too.