Originally Posted by chrisr
hmmm...i'm guessing you haven't spent a lot of time wearing / working in a l/jacket have you ?
Beat me to it
It's a good point that one should don a full, proper Type I lifejacket when things start to go sideways. They are cumbersome and hard to work
in, but they are safer should you go over.
Problem is, they are cumbersome and hard to work
in, therefore they don't get worn very often, and soon find themselves at the bottom of the sail locker. If these are the only lifejacket options, nothing tends to be worn most of the time.
Contrast this to a good inflatable
. It is comfortable and inobtrusiveness. It isn't the best lifejacket, but it is the best one most people will wear most of the time. I view it similar to my leatherman, which I call my most important tool on board. It's rarely the best tool, but it usually the one I have on hand when needed.