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Old 20 March 2012, 14:51   #1
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life jackets vs buoyancy aid

my son and i have buoyancy aid for our boats, but were considering upgrading to manual or auto lifejackets,what are your thoughts? is this necessary?

any suggested brands?
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my son and i have buoyancy aid for our boats, but were considering upgrading to manual or auto lifejackets,what are your thoughts? is this necessary?

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Most of the recognised brands are pretty good these days,I like Crewsaver;thumbs:
Your choice as for Auto or Manual inflation.
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my son and i have buoyancy aid for our boats, but were considering upgrading to manual or auto lifejackets,what are your thoughts? is this necessary?

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This topic has been discussed before, including quite recently. Which is most appropriate will depend on where you boat, the conditions you typically go out in, what you like to do etc. As well as things like if you can swim, if you normally go on your own, with other boats etc. If you sit around a lot (e.g, fishing or safety boat) where the warmth of a b.a. might be useful.

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Your choice as for Auto or Manual inflation.
It is your choice, but the arguments for manual are pretty weak. Modern autos rarely go off accidentally now. If you plan to actually go in the water intentionally then buoyancy aid is probably more relevant.
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Checked and inflated my LJ's a couple of days ago and one of them deflated after about an hour, it had a small hole in the bladder where the gas bottle is situated. I think that it has probably happened when being taken off and dropped on the deck and the gas bottle has banged against the bladder, I guess that you don't have to worry about things like that with a pfd they can take a bit more abuse. at least with a pfd you know that you will float... with a LJ your not going to know until it opens.
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Hi ,I have both,life jackets are more comfortable less bulky, b/a can be warmer, give body protection, and ok if you can swim a bit, also you know that it will work in water as it cant fail to inflate. (yes i agree if l/j in good order/serviced should not be a prob.

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Checked and inflated my LJ's a couple of days ago and one of them deflated after about an hour, it had a small hole in the bladder where the gas bottle is situated. I think that it has probably happened when being taken off and dropped on the deck and the gas bottle has banged against the bladder, I guess that you don't have to worry about things like that with a pfd they can take a bit more abuse. at least with a pfd you know that you will float... with a LJ your not going to know until it opens.
Unfortunately perforation of the bladder of Lifejackets is not uncommon and that is why all Lifejackets should be checked at least once a year.

Also just to clarify that Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is a generic term used to describe both Lifejackets and Buoyancy Aids.
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Unfortunately perforation of the bladder of Lifejackets is not uncommon
Mine is less than 6 months old on my more expensive LJ the gas bottle is encased in neoprene which stops the bottle from impacting the bladder if dropped, maybe all LJ should have this protective casing fitted to stop this from happening.
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Other thiong is a LJ will (on paper anyway) flip you over. If you are face down and unconcious with a buoyancy aid, there you will stay. Bouyancy aid - the clue is in the name! (and yes, a BA will act as a really good insulation jacket!)

I have both. Use the BA for when I'm on rescue type stuff where jumping in is lkely. Use the LJ for cruising.

But then I also wear a wetsuit for rescue which I wouldn't deream of wearing on a cruise....
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lj v ba

thanks guys .once again thats really helpfull!!!!!!!!!!
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