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05-17-2010 10:13 PM
smackdaddy How long will an inflatable stay inflated? Thinking about virtually any rubber/plastic inflatable material, it gets all deViagra'd within several hours of inflation. So I'm wondering what the "floating life" of these things are.

Anyone know?
07-26-2009 03:40 PM
capttb I've been using a couple of the pill type autos for about 5 years in rain and spray etc. and never had a problem with accidental inflation, used to worry about it also, had visions of being trapped in the head with an inflated one .
07-25-2009 03:26 PM
funjohnson
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Originally Posted by night0wl View Post
Hmm. Just got a WM retail insert in the mail today. Looks like the offshore hydrostatic auto inflatable is on clearance for $140. Seems like a good deal, dont know if its a regional sale or what, but I have 2 of these...one for me and one for the wife.
I got the insert too, but it doesn't seem to be the hydrostatic one. The sale starts the 1st of August.
07-25-2009 02:12 AM
night0wl Hmm. Just got a WM retail insert in the mail today. Looks like the offshore hydrostatic auto inflatable is on clearance for $140. Seems like a good deal, dont know if its a regional sale or what, but I have 2 of these...one for me and one for the wife.
07-25-2009 01:37 AM
sailingdog One warning, many of the WM PFDs with integrated harnesses are not designed for people shorter than 5' 8". If you are shorter than that, do NOT buy one, unless you have checked it for yourself. The sales people and the literature really doesn't mention this minor fact, but the PFDs usually have it pretty clearly written on their instructions on the PFD itself. The reason many are not designed for someone shorter than 5'8" is the harness—the harness on many is not height adjustable, and as such will generally sit on the floating ribs rather than the ones that are fixed to the sternum. If you fall against the harness in that case, the ribs may cause serious internal injuries that can result in death by internal bleeding—not a good idea. YMMV.
07-25-2009 12:55 AM
smackdaddy THIS SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY GOOD DEAL TO ME RIGHT HERE AT SAILNET.

Integrated harness loop and D-ring. It's a lot cheaper here than at West.

Sailnet seems to have really good prices on a lot of stuff. It's weird that more people don't use them. I'm definitely going to.
07-24-2009 09:35 PM
MSN2Travelers
Good PFD for the money

Chef,

I have this WM auto inflatable PFD with integral harness. I'm in my second season with this PFD and will tell you it's so comfotable that you don't even know you have it on.

I sail Lake Michigan and have been is some sloppy wet weather and never experienced a "false" inflation.
07-24-2009 09:27 PM
blt2ski That looks like a newer version of the Mustangs I have. I have 3 that are labled Mustang, and got my kids WM badged hydrostatic version. 2 of the 3 mustangs are the old pill style, ie also bought before the hydro versions came out.

Certainly worth a trip to WM and see how it fits etc, and if you like it....BUY IT!

Marty
07-24-2009 09:26 PM
T37Chef I would but they don't have a changing room???
07-24-2009 09:22 PM
bubb2 Thanks, I feel better. The new style with the neck padding are much more comfortable than they have ever been. Go to a west store and try one on!
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