Choosing Our Inflatable PFDs
|We chose the CREWSAVER ErgoFit 40 Pro PFD!|
|This photo was taken from the CREWSAVER website. |
Shave off about 10 years (OK, maybe 20 years) and this could be me!
|This photo (taken from the CREWSAVER website) shows |
the back of the PFD as it is worn.
|The two soft d-rings in the lower center of this image provide a |
lightweight attachment point for the jack line tether.
Both the MUSTANG and the CREWSAVER were fully approved by the US Coast Guard. Although the SPINLOCK had some outstanding safety features (like an internal safety light and leg straps), it was not yet USCG-approved. The SPINLOCK Deckvest 5D Pro was the only PFD to include leg straps for added security.
The inflatable PFD is intended to provide additional buoyancy when the wearer falls overboard. The amount of buoyancy provided by the three top-of-the-line PFDs were as follows:
|This is the CREWSAVER ErgoFit 40 Pro in the inflated condition. |
It can be inflated manually or automatically.
The cost of the CREWSAVER ErgoFit 40 was about 20 percent less than the MUSTANG HIT and about 43 percent less than the SPINLOCK Deckvest 5D Pro. (I should point out, however, that the SPINLOCK Deckvest 5D Pro had a safety light that was build into the inflated portion of the PFD. We bought separate water-activated safety lights that we added to our CREWSAVER PFDs.) PFDs for the two of us cost approximately $500.
PFDs are one of those things that we will wear only when sailing offshore (such as crossing the gulf stream or making a passage in the Tongue of the Ocean in the Bahamas). We hope we never fall overboard and need it's life saving features--but if we do, we want maximum protection.
This may be our last blogpost before we leave to head south. We plan on continuing our blog along the way down the Chesapeake and ICW, as well as in the Bahamas.
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