Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to Choose the Right Type of PFD

Here is a simple guide to understanding the different kinds PFD's we offer and how to choose the right one for your type of sailing.

Here's what we covered:

Buoyancy Aid: Lightweight, low-profile, less bulk. These are a good option for small and sporty keel boats, like a Melges 20 or J-70. I love mine!

Type III USCG Approved: These support a variety of sailing, from dinghies to small keel boats. If you are looking for a life jacket to use across the board, this is the way to go. It’s easy to get in and out of because it has a zipper closure, and their sporty design allows for comfort.

Type V USCG Approved: These life jackets are designed for a specific purpose. Our Type V life jackets are designed specifically for dinghy sailing, with a pullover design and the ability to move your arms in a wide range of motion.

USCG Approved Inflatable: This PFD is designed for inshore and coastal keelboat sailing. It is a super lightweight and comfortable inflatable.

Offshore Inflatable: The offshore inflatable is a high-performance PFD designed to endure the elements of ocean sailing. If you are going offshore, this inflatable will give you the best combination of safety and comfort.

And remember: always make sure to check your SI’s to make sure your PFD is in accordance with you club’s safety rules!

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