Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
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I sailed as crew on a Catalina 27 for the Swiftsure "Classics" race this past weekend. It was windless and we quit without finishing. As we were motoring home, one of the crew (leaning on the lifelines) fell overboard. He was wearing the Mustang Hydrostatic vest. It inflated instantly and kept his head well out of the water. The water was very cold and completely took his breath away. His only complaint was that the collar inflated so high around his head that he couldn't hear our comforting words of encouragement as we came back to get him.
The one thing we all noticed was the challenge he will have re-arming it. The entire mechanism needs replacing because the gas cylinder is inside the inflatable portion of the vest. It will be interesting to see how much a re-arm kit costs and how difficult it is to do.
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