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Auto vs Manual SOSpenders

I am debating (with myself) on weather the auto inflate or the manual SOSpenders is the best way to go. The auto is obvious if you are knocked out. My "what if" is how often is an auto inflator going to push you up into a tangle of rigging or inside a capsized hull and make a larger problem than it solves? I think the one with the safety harness is a no-brainer.

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I am a big believer in the delayed action auto-inflate. This is the new model that can be worn in the rain without inflating. From what I have had read, getting trapped is far less common than ending up over the side in a diabled condition. Even if it does push you up into a capsized hull you are more likely to be able to get out of that than stay afloat in foul weather gear and seaboots.

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Get the auto inflate, but use the auto cartrige sparingly. It does auto inflate after a week or so in the Caribbean. Mine inflated during the day when it was resting in my cabin. Perhaps the delayed models would be better.
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My wife and I used the SOSpenders autoinflate vests with harnesses for many years (prior to their CG approval so the design might be slightly different). I changed the bobbins at the beginning of every season and never had an accidental inflation.

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If part of your debate is lack of confidence in the automatic mechanism - be aware that auto inflaters can also be manually armed as well.

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