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post #2 of Old 08-16-2007
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The PFD you are referring to is called an inflatable. As you guessed, they use a cylinder with CO2 to inflate the PFD.

There are two basic kinds, manual and automatic. The manual kind required you to pull a lanyard to inflate. The automatic have a disc that dissolves when you hit the water and then automatically inflates.

Some of the inflatables have built in harnesses for use with tethers.

I recently bought a manual inflatable right here in Sailnet. The one I bought is here:

It was on sale when I bought it and is comes with a whistle and light.

It is comfortable and I wear it when racing, single handing, or feel like I need it.

I don't know much about the re-arm kits, but I believe they are pretty cheap.

Good luck,

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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