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Join Date: Jul 2006
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Quite right. No one wants an oversight.
I always enjoy reading the product reviews from CW, Prac Sailor, and Ocean Nav. I find the last two especially critical (especially for my application - offshore). I remember some years ago when everyone said, "Go buy the Firdell Blipper. Best reflector on the market... blah, blah, blah." Well, it was on my old boat and on my new one. Interesting that they wrote it up (In Ocean Nav?? Can't rememeber now), but they said the Davis was better and the blipper was the worst. I am not trying to beat up Firdell, still a worthwhile product, but the point is: THere is little or no oversight. I bought that thing off of word of mouth.
Now you can say, "Well, you should have gone out and done your own research and blah, blah, blah.." , but come on!! Where do you really get the answers?? You cannot test a hydrostatic release on a life raft. Even if it worked that time, there is no guarantee it will work after it is repacked.
For me, should the boat go down, I will just latch on to the winch handle. It is sure to float.