Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristol, Rhode Island
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Manual inflation - I want the option to be able to disentangle myself or clamber up a swim ladder without interference from a couple of balloons. Or, alternately, pop the CO2 cartridge if I decide to.
Built-in harness - A sailing condition that calls for putting on a harness is exactly the same one that calls for a life vest. And a harness with built-in buoyancy isn't much more restrictive than a harness without.
Further, once you don the vest/harness, clipping onto a tether is quick and easy, and sometimes seconds count, as in the case of the deadly sudden squall here in the western Sound four weeks ago.
(Aside: I recently read somewhere -- Sail, Cruising World, ? -- that the Coast Guard is phasing out use of the term "PFD" in favor of the jargon-less "life vest" or "life jacket.")