Brett R.

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  1. Brett R.

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    Interesting thread. I'm also in the camp of primarily wearing foam kayaking vests or a buoyancy aid, but when offshore sailing I also don't see a good option that has a harness... I prefer a manual inflation vest. I feel more safe knowing that the vest will never automatically inflate at the wrong time. Im typically one of the wettest on the boat... I can see some scenarios where the vest inflating would actually be a detriment to safety, for example a broken keel while you are inside the boat. Would be terrifying having to swim underwater to safety with an inflated vest. At the SAS classes I have done, they specifically say not to rely on auto inflate and reach for your pull right away even if you do have an auto... I use the Crewsaver "Crewfit 40 PRO" in manual. I liked the comfort and well thought out design. Much less bulky than anything I have seen so I dont mind wearing it more often. It is USCG approved. With that being said I will be spending some time playing in the pool with all my gear. Way overdue to have that experience...
  2. Great pics. Too bad they didn't do something like Cookson did for the Speedboat: