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Old 12-17-2014, 11:50 AM   #21
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City: Seattle
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Moon River
Vessel Model: Devlin 48
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 912
I wear the inflatable when I think I wont really need it thus increasing my safety factor without the discomfort of a standard PFD. If I think the risk is more substantial bad weather or a crawl up to the bow in waves not the inflatable. The reasoning for this is that the inflatable is more complex and not 100% guaranteed to work and its function does depend on ongoing maintenance something too often neglected.

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Old 12-17-2014, 12:03 PM   #22
City: Vero Beach, FL.
Country: US
Vessel Name: FIREFLY
Vessel Model: Pilgrim 40
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 907
Please do yourself a favor and get the hydrostatic ones not the cheaper dissolving cartridge units. The humidly will trigger the cartridge units after 4-6 months here in Florida even if kept in the boat inside, I tossed several as they got to expensive replacing the CO2 and carriages 2 times a year at $65 each time.

The hydrostatic units activate only when under 4-6 inches of water rain, dingy spray or humidity will not set them off, worth the extra 40 bucks.

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