Originally Posted by Smudge601
I really thought this was going to be a no brainer when I stated my research
but not so.......I have recently been joined by my partner aboard my sailing yacht. We plan to do some coastal and Island cruising. For obvious reasons the horse shoe life jackets I have aboard either lift
and separate ( uncomfortably) or constrict and force into the centre.
I cannot believe I am the first or only to encounter this issue. So what's you do and what have you found. As we are cruising in the tropics minimalism seems to be an imperative. Any thoughts...
When we put lifejackets on our boat back in 2012, we looked at various options but ended up with Plastimo
Pilot self-inflating with crotch straps and spray hoods. We got enough to get us and any guests by, with the idea of getting another pair just for the two of us at a later date, when we had more time to try on the more high-end lifejackets.
Well, many boat shows later, we have tried the latest and greatest, and ended up ordering another couple of the Plastimo
Pilots. They sit flat, you forget you have them on, and Karen especially, finds them the most comfortable over the more compact, and supposedly more advanced designs.
We were a bit disappointed by that, as we hope to have a better pair for Skipper
and First Mate, but it seems the Pilots were 'the better pair' - in our case anyway.