Originally Posted by Captain Bill
I would side with the skipper
, he did not say wear no pfd
, he said don't wear a automaitcally inflating PFD
. I see his point if you consider how those things work. They inflate when a water
soluble tablet gets wet. These things take almost no water
to trigger. In a race
crew often get quite wet and sometimes almost submerged. If any of this happens which is actually more likey in a racing
situation the pfd will inflate. Of course since you are not actually in the water and don't need your PFD inflated you wiould probably deflate it so you could continue your crew duties. Of course now you are left with a PFD that can only be inflated by the mouth tubes since you've already blown your CO2 cartridge on a needless inflation. If you then go into the water you had better hope you've got enough consciousness and time to find the mouth tubes and blow up the pfd before you have any kind of positive flotation. I know a number of racers and none of them use autoinflaters because they get too wet. Better to have a PFD that only requires a tug on a cord to inflate than a wasted one you have to inflate by mouth.
My 2 cents, change welcome.
You don't know to much about PFD's, they are available will a inflation system that works off water pressure. Or you can have a manual system. In the event of you being inside the boat when it's swamped you can always take it off.
The big problem with PFD's is not the way it inflates, but the way the user has it fitted. If its loose it will ride up and over your head
, and if you are to fat, like a Benicia firefighter I saw recently, you might not be able to buckle it at all.