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saisl184



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Market for PFD Reply with quote

I'm in the market for a new PFD for sailing in open waters - any suggestions on one that wont' cost and arm and a leg and is easy to repack?
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sailori38
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure, that is pretty simple request - except for one other factor; the requirement of a harness.

As an offshore sailing instructor I advocate an inflatable PFD that is automatic (for when you fall over unconsious) and with a harness. If you knew you were going to be up on the bow of "RAGE" (a 70' offshore racing yacht) then I would get a manual inflatable so you don't have the inconvience of it opening while being pounded in waves up on the bow!

Check out this information about Inflatables
http://www.go2marine.com/go2_structure/mfr/stearns/inflatable/inflatables.shtml

There are cheaper ones, but I recommend these two;
http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=70061F
this one came in tops with 2004 Practical Sailor (the last time the comparision was done)!

This is a bit cheaper
http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=94630F

And finally, for a no frills that you can loan out later when you get one with a harness Smile
http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=70118F

A good PFD will last you more than a decade with any reasonable care.

The first one (Mustang's) is the easiest (and cheapest) to repack - an important consideration since you should try it out before you really need it! and will save you the $50 more you would pay to buy a separate harness. Great value for the money.

This is exactly the product (the Mustang) I recommended to two of my clients just last weekend while teaching sailing. Best of luck out sailing.
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