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eherlihy, that is a much more useful answer than "um..." Sailingdog.
Sailingdog, one of the fun things to do (and quite educational) is to jump in and test lifejackets every once in a while. At $50 bucks a jump, and who knows how many jumps 'til the entire thing needs replacing it limits the confidence building PFD test. With the manually activated you can have lots of fun for almost nothing. It also restricts the use of the PFD to water sports where you won't likely get wet. So much for messing around in small boats when a spill will cost $50. It really means that you'll have to have two PFDs, one for the "yacht" (the hydrostat) and another for everything else.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217