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Old 11-02-2014, 08:57 AM   #15
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Here are a couple of examples from Mustang vests:

This one is Type II for recreational use, and a "Must be worn" for commercial of certain criteria. This one had no D ring:

"*Please Note: This product is a USCG Type ll and USCG Type V Commercial with Type ll performance when worn on uninspected commercial vessels less than 40 ft. in length and not carrying passengers for hire."

Here's the equivalent model with a D ring. Note that it's "must be worn" without exception:

"USCG - UL1180 - Inflatable PFDs 160.076 - Type V with Type II Performance"

And another one that is Type III for recreational and "must be worn" for commercial.

USCG - UL1180 - Inflatable PFDs 160.076 - Type V (Commercial Use); Type III (Recreational Use)

And another with similar restrictions:

USCG - UL1180 - Inflatable PFDs 160.076 - Type V (Commercial Use); Type III (Recreational Use)

It's actually looking like these are more and more approved like regular vests for recreational use, and worth knowing exactly what you have in case of inspection. I think if you show the label to the officer, they would accept an approved vest.

Anyway, sorry for the side track....
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