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Old 11-03-2012
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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

One thing that is not mentioned on this thread which I had an issue with was the inflation initiation difference.

Some inflatables will inflate if you are hit by a wave from the side. When the water hits you, you will be startled when the vest inflates. This does depend on where you plan to sail of course.

If your going to the open water of the gulf, Caribbean sea, or ocean, you will definitely want to consider a hydrostatic firing device like the expensive Mustang offers. It's won't fire unless you go under water. The system requires the outside pressure of the water to be high before setting off the inflation. Some thing like 8 inches under water.

After a few times of having a wave come over the bow and set off your cheaper inflatable, you will be quite aggravated, and probably order the Mustang anyway.

It was one of the first things I considered. I will be buying the Mustangs.

This post is unfortunately irrelevant to fit.

James L
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