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Old 11 March 2012, 18:00   #11
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If I go overboard from a rib trveelig at 20kt+ I'd wantto be wearing a lifejacket not a bouyancy aid.
At 20kt or more a BA would offer more cushioned protection than a LJ eg jet skiers always seem to use BA for this reason as some of them can hit speeds over 70mph. I must say that when I am wearing my LJ it's always at the back of my mind that if I did end up in the drink would it inflate... I guess the only other option for peace of mind is to get one of those expensive duel ones what the rescue services use.
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Old 11 March 2012, 18:19   #12
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I agree with everyone here, no a bouyancy aid doesnt turn you up yhe correct way if you are k/o but if you are knocked out having hit the water face first at 40kts, even a life jacket wouldnt stop water being splashed down your throat! A grim thought i know, but one well worth thinking about...

part of me thinks i should save some money and stick with the BA, but as a friend said; "you cant put a price on safety, or someones life for that matter"
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At 20kt or more a BA would offer more cushioned protection than a LJ eg jet skiers always seem to use BA for this reason as some of them can hit speeds over 70mph. I must say that when I am wearing my LJ it's always at the back of my mind that if I did end up in the drink would it inflate... I guess the only other option for peace of mind is to get one of those expensive duel ones what the rescue services use.
I'd be less worried about cushioned protection than can i / will my LJ inflate. That's the old debate about manual or automatic. I consider -rightly or wrongly there's low risk of me going over & being unconsocious from a rib thus unable to pullth toggle, against jumping in to help someone, so manual wins for me. Mrs T who is less confident inthe water is now inclining toward as a hydrostatic automatic LJ next timre.

Horses for courses - spec the kit to your operation/ skills / risk assessment
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