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One warning, many of the WM PFDs with integrated harnesses are not designed for people shorter than 5' 8".
If you are shorter than that, do NOT buy one, unless you have checked it for yourself. The sales people and the literature really doesn't mention this minor fact, but the PFDs usually have it pretty clearly written on their instructions on the PFD itself. The reason many are not designed for someone shorter than 5'8" is the harness
on many is not height adjustable, and as such will generally sit on the floating ribs rather than the ones that are fixed to the sternum. If you fall against the harness in that case, the ribs may cause serious internal injuries that can result in death by internal bleeding—not a good idea.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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