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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

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Good read. Thanks. Certainly, the advantages of a Spinlock have nothing to do with looking cool. Does it look cool? That's news to me and rather snide on your part...
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Deckvest by spin lock has both. It's $369 at West Marine. It looks the coolest too.
From the Practical Sailor pic and caption that I showed above, it sounds like there's a design deficiency with the Spinlock that makes it more likely to malfunction.

If I were looking to replace my WestMarine inflatable, I'd look closely at the Mustang MD3184 HIT vest/harness. A more traditional "suspenders" design for much less cost than the Spinlock, with the superior performance of the HIT mechanism. I tried one on at Safety at Sea training last spring, and it was very comfortable.

Until I go offshore, my current WM coastal vest is fine. I have a separate harness that I use when needed.
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Not sure why you're directing this at me. I was referring to this post
Roger that. My apologies. Your post, however, quoted mine, not the other.

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From the Practical Sailor pic and caption that I showed above, it sounds like there's a design deficiency with the Spinlock that makes it more likely to malfunction.

If I were looking to replace my WestMarine inflatable, I'd look closely at the Mustang MD3184 HIT vest/harness. A more traditional "suspenders" design for much less cost than the Spinlock, with the superior performance of the HIT mechanism. I tried one on at Safety at Sea training last spring, and it was very comfortable.

Until I go offshore, my current WM coastal vest is fine. I have a separate harness that I use when needed.
Fit and comfort are individual. More power to whatever fits the best, as the willingness to wear it is probably the single greatest factor.

Integrated v. separate harnesses is also a personal preference. I offer that it seems to increase the odds one would have it on, when integrated. Again, to each their own.
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

No, I never do. My wife, who is not as good a swimmer, wears and inflatable one, when in precarious situations.

I probably should get another inflatable, but I haven't yet, because I am a long time fitness swimmer and just feel so comfortable in the water. Of course, if I ever fell and got knocked out on the way in, I'd wish I had one.
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I'd look closely at the Mustang MD3184 HIT vest/harness. A more traditional "suspenders" design for much less cost than the Spinlock, with the superior performance of the HIT mechanism. I tried one on at Safety at Sea training last spring, and it was very comfortable.
That's the model I have, and I like it. You barely know it's there. I haven't used the harness on a tether (yet), but I did use it to go up a mast and it worked quite well.

Do they make a crotch strap you can add to it?
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Because they haven't paid the ransom in the US. Many, including me, use them anyway and have some cheap legal pfd stuff in a locker.
Thanks, Minne, I was afraid that was the answer. I've run across that kind of stuff in other areas, even within the U.S. (e.g., bogus "safety" testing required by individual states for firearms).
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