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I wear an inflatable, have for years. It's great. I prefer the kind that don't auto-deploy. When the weather gets really rough, I put on a 'normal' vest-type PFD over the top of the inflatable.
By doing so, I gain the physical protection offered by the vest type pfd, which can be handy if you get tossed around a bit.
Additionally, I figure that if I get knocked on the noggin and tossed overboard, the vest will keep me afloat. Alternatively, if I get tossed overboard but come up under a boat/sail/other bad thing, I can just slip out of the vest, swim away, and then still have the backup inflatable to deploy if necessary.
I know.. I've really over-thought that 'worst case scenario' thing.. but then, that's sort of how I am with worst case scenarios.
As a final thought, the reason most people call me daft when they find out I prefer the non-auto inflatables is that, should I get hit in the head, the auto will inflate when I hit the water and I'll be fine. My answer to that only in sailing do we wear vests to protect from head injuries. Every other sport would recommend a helmet. Seems to me that if one really wants to protect oneself from a head injury, a helmet is the best option. Auto-inflate vests are a silly way to secure the brain box.
... or I'm wrong.
Living aboard, currently in the Chesapeake
O'Day 37, still new to us
Last edited by CapTim; 08-23-2010 at 12:20 AM.