Tom Kirkman wrote:
That's my point - the USCG has gone for worst case scenario which means most PFDs are far larger than they need to be .
I don't get the part about a person's weight having anything to do with how much floatation they need in a PFD.
Some people float and some people sink...... It seems to be a density thing......I can easily imagine that somebody weighing 350, but who is mostly fat, would float easily and therefore need less floatation than a "sinker" like me, who can walk around on the bottom of a swimming pool's deep end.
I have several conventional PFDs, but now find myself attracted to manual inflatables....... Use the mouth tube to add just enough air to keep my head above water if my legs or abs were to cramp and wear it like that.......Then, when/if conditions warrent, I can pull the cord to the CO2 inflator for full inflation......
My only reservation is the device's tolerance for double inflation.......I do not feel like I have gotten a definitive answer from any of the manufacturer reps I have spoken with...............and it sure would be a big bite in the butt to pull that cord and have the thing split wide open...
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