What are Laser guys wearing in the way of personal flotation?
The new Zhik Coast Guard approved PFD is nice. I’ve worn it for two regattas and like it. It does tend to ride up above the shoulders when in the water. Wearing a bib over it helps. Stohlquist also makes some low profile jackets.What are Laser guys wearing in the way of personal flotation?
I'm wondering this too. I'm looking for a new life jacket that's more appropriate for my Swift Solo, as I'm wearing a ~20yr old West Marine "One-Design" pfd that's pretty bulky compared to the modern ones. I've been seriously considering the Mustang Khimera (https://www.sailingworld.com/mustang-khimera/), but that's because the options for Coast Guard approved ones are so few. I'd probably rather a buoyancy aid, but finding a place to stow another pfd on a Swift Solo so I can be legal is...challenging.Has anyone ever had any kind of hassle for wearing a non USGC approved PFD? I'm not talking about for things like collegiate racing. I'm talking about out on the water running into a random local water patrol. I mean seriously, with as much alcohol and high Horsepower-fueled craziness that I see on our local lakes, I can't imagine that local water patrols have time to inspect the labels on PFDs.
Is there a decent kayaking/paddling/canoeing shop near you? Stohlquist, Kokatat,I agree with buying local when you can but I have not found anyone with a good sailing PFD inventory in this area.
unfortunately not so common as one might think...Here in the UK I don't think there is a legal requirement to wear a PFD. I quite often see people sailing & kayaking without one. Most sailing clubs insist you wear one, in fact the club I belong to insists you wear a PFD when on the slipway, helping people to launch & recover boats. Just common sense really!