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Re: Inflatable PFDs in the south: Manual or Automatic?
I hung my auto PFD in my boat. Had them inflat several times. Now I remove the gas bottle each time I store them onboard. If I were to buy another I go for manual.
You can go to automatic plus manual with hydrostaic system and you will not have a problem with inflating PDFs. I bet your's use salt tablets. Even if you change for ones with cellulose pills and change them each 2 years I think you will not have that problem (those pills are inexpensive).