Life Jackets: What type do you really want?
I like to think that Rebecca and I are pretty diligent when it comes to safety. While we don’t wear life jackets (PFDs) 24/7, we do always put them on at dusk, and when weather or conditionings suggest that it would be prudent. Perhaps when we start sailing on a monohull, we’ll adjust our thinking to wear them more often, I don’t know.
The other day I saw a Facebook comment by one of our online friends, Mario Vitone, where he stated that, after teaching one of his courses, he had some more converts to non-inflatable life jackets. As Rebecca and I both wear inflatable PFDs, that piqued my curiosity. Since then I’ve had a bit of a chat on the subject with Mario, and he filmed the excellent video below explaining his thinking. I have to say, he’s convinced me!
Huge thanks to Mario for giving us permission to share this video on our website!
Note: The one thing that I don’t believe Mario mentions when comparing the inflatable PFDs with the non-inflatable product that he recommends is cost. The Life Jackets that he advocates are less than half the price of the inflatable ones that many people are wearing!