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1 Week Ago 07:36 AM
bvander66
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

Love my spinlock harness pfd. Very comfortable, never had an issue. First one died after 6 years hard use, on number two.
1 Week Ago 08:09 PM
OldEagle
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

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More and more I find Inflatable PFD worthless.
Pretty strong statement. I think I understand the pros and cons of inflatables versus "standard" pfds. Having come out of a very extensive kayaking background I've always used standard pfds--and I wear one whenever I'm afloat away from the pier--but why are inflatables "worthless"?
1 Week Ago 04:31 PM
Adele-H
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

I have one of those OffShore with Harness from West, I like it.
I used to chose harness over PFD, same reasons as above, but this one is very comfortable, so now I have both in one.
The wife has one too. we both like them, good fit, good price. We wear them all the time right up until the sail covers go back on.
1 Week Ago 03:36 PM
T37Chef
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

I have changed my view on PFD, harnesses, and integrated harness PFD...

Now I do not have hours and hours of offshore experience... but I talk to a lot that do.

After gaining more and more experience, here are my thoughts...

- I wear only a harness 99% of the time (when I feel the need) including sleeping while underway. If sheet hits the fan and I am needed on deck, last thing I need to be doing is getting on the harness.
- Wearing a PFD with Harness makes the above pretty much impossible
- I would wear a Auto Inflatable over the harness if conditions required.
- In a situation such as offshore and a extended storm is occurring, I am not wearing a inflatable, I am, wearing a Offshore PFD over the harness.

In my view, a harness and proper tether ( I prefer double like the Spinlock) are more important than a PFD in anything but extreme conditions. 99% of the time I would rather be harness & tethered to the boat so I stay on the damn boat and no PFD. PFD at that point just make it easier for them to find your body.

I use my inflatable mostly when in the dingy these days... on the big boat I prefer a harness. And that's only when I think conditions warrant it.

I might add, I feel the same in regards to my children. I prefer them in a harness over a PFD, but not exclusively. If severe weather is occurring, both are justified.

More and more I find Inflatable PFD worthless. If I need a PFD, I am wearing the real deal.

Just my opinion based on experiences and discussions with sailors who have A LOT more offshore time than myself.

Cheers Mates
2 Weeks Ago 03:12 PM
MarkSF
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
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?
The recommended annual check has you inflate it via the attached tube, and leave it overnight. Both of mine are still well inflated the next morning. You can always top up the pressure with the manual tube, anyway. However, here you have about 1 hour to live in the water.
2 Weeks Ago 03:09 PM
MarkSF
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

I've been using my Mustang Auto / Manual with built-in harness for 3 years, and also have a WM version without harness. Comfort-wise, I can't see any difference vs. one without harness. Either way, you have the same number of straps. They are more substantial on the harness version, with D rings built-in, that's all.

The only accidental inflation was when I caught the manual pull-cord on something on the cockpit. Gives everyone a good laugh. Now I carry a spare re-arming kit.
2 Weeks Ago 02:02 PM
thelmay1
Re: Opinions on WM Offshore Sailing Life Vest

I'm 5'3" at about 135lbs.. Any suggestions on the one I should get? I am the crew so I walk around the boat all the time. I want a built in harness too.
thaks
05-17-2010 09:13 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 02:40 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 02:26 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.
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