Re: Inflatable PFD's
Kevin Redden (email@example.com)
Fri Mar 20 17:13:10 1998
A manual inflatable PFD is one that gets inflated by pulling on a toggle
to fire the CO2 inflator. The term "manual" has nothing to do with the
user having to blow it up by mouth.
Currently, the Coast Guard has approved a goodly number of both Type III
and Type V inflatables. The new West Marine catalog lists 13 different
manual inflatable PFDs that are USCG approved.These include two Type V
and eleven Type III inflatable PFDS.
Of the only three automatic inflatable in the catalog, none were CG
Any type of inflatable PFD is generally better then a non-inflatable if
it causes the user to wear it on a regular basis. If the vessel is going
down however, and I had the time choose what PFD I wanted to go in the
drink with, my choice would be a Type I regular PFD.
I own a manual PFD that I wear when sailing at night or when sailing
offshore and I am alone on deck. It is certainly more comfortable then
any non-inflatable and therefore will get worn a great deal more of the
time then the old ones would.
Sea Dart II
David T. Minasian wrote:
> Re: manual inflatable PFD's, sounds about as useless as manual air bags
> in an automobile. When you really need them in a hurry you generally
> have more important things to worry about than finding the valve and
> blowing them up.
> My choice would be stick with the common CG approved types/ Chances are
> that if the blow up type are not approved you are going to have to carry
> the common types anyway.