Learned the hard way yesterday that life jackets are completely necessary; and not just wearing one, but wearing one that suits the conditions.
Long story short, found myself without a boat after my hobie capsized and wind
took it off before I could right it, was wearing a type 3 jacket and had a hell of a swim ahead of me in 3-5 foot chop and 25 knt winds. Fortunately a patrol boat found me quick enough because I wasn't lasting long in that jacket. Wile not necessarily offshore
, most of my day sailing
is done in heavy (20-30 knt) winds and a lot of chop.
All this to say, what's the best life jacket for my purposes? Not looking for an inflatable
, just a simple, very buoyant, comfortable life jacket, in the type 1 category.