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Throwable cushion / PFD recommendation?

Throwable PFDs/cushions are something we take for granted, I think. I doubt there will be any front page review in Practical Sailor!

But the cushions we have on our boat have seen better days. They're no longer comfortable to sit on, and don't look so great.

I've read that some of the cheaper throwables are made of layers of foam that just get crushed after a couple months. We'd like something that lasts longer and is reasonably comfortable to sit on...we tend to use these things all the time when under way. Not to mention, they need to work for their safety-oriented purpose.

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I wouldn't use throwable Type IV PFDs for the cushions. Make custom cushions for the cockpit seats and carry some Type IVs and a LifeSling, which qualifies as a Type IV.
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Thanks SD, but we like to use them as cushions when we're sailing. They're easy to move around, handy in case of emergency. Our full cockpit cushions are used when we're at anchor or in the slip, but not underway.

So while you might be right, we just like to use them for cushions.

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I am with SD on this one.

Throwable cushions are not approved PFDs in Canada. I think that says something about their viability.

Sitting on any PFD is not recommended as it crushes the material.

Underway - PFDs should be worn. At least keep one in the cockpit and teach people how to put one on in the water.
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