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Old 21 November 2005, 03:47   #31
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Old 21 November 2005, 04:28   #32
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What good is a manual if you are knocked unconscious? Aside from lower cost, what advantage would a manual have over an auto? Are the autos highly reliable or are they prone to premature inflation, or not inflating at all when needed?
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The Auto jacket do go off when you don’t want them too and I think that the ‘firing’ mechanism is generally less reliable than a manual system

All things considered we have a disproportionate fear of drowning while boating which is not supported by the facts. 427 people drowned (UK) in 2002 of which 20% drowned at sea. 39% drowned in lakes or streams yet you rarely see someone walking beside a river with a lifejacket on
Looked at by activity 22 people drowned boating while 20 people drowned in vehicles life jacket for the car and 73 people drown while having a drink so I’m wearing my like jacket to the pub and not on the rib

Back to the original question when conditions call for it, dry suit and manual or sun block and bikini (not a pleasant sight)
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Old 21 November 2005, 04:43   #33
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usually waterproof snowboarding trousers and ski jacket or wetsuit,always sigma manual lifejacket
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My diving drysuit and a manual life jacket or oilies and manual depends what im doing.
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For this time of the year the NEW Typhoon 100 gr single piece undersuit is very good . Fits well under my Typhoon WOSS or 2 piece all weather gear. Lifejacket goes without saying
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Old 21 November 2005, 08:00   #36
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drysuit , auto & helmet cos I don't like salt in me eyes while driving.

(We do know someone who fell in off a RIB and didn't inflate his lifejacket cos he said it would save him 20 kwid.)

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I think you'll find he was thrown !

That settles it then Manual it is far more cost effective!
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The Auto jacket do go off when you don’t want them too and I think that the ‘firing’ mechanism is generally less reliable than a manual system
The manual firing mechanism on an automatic lifejacket is generally the same as on a manual-only version, so how can it be any less reliable?

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Old 21 November 2005, 08:27   #38
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The manual firing mechanism on an automatic lifejacket is generally the same as on a manual-only version, so how can it be any less reliable?

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I think it is due to fact that there are more parts involved in the automatic system than there are in the manual. Des
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I think it is due to fact that there are more parts involved in the automatic system than there are in the manual. Des
With all the automatic ones I have used (bar my hydrostatic one) they have work with a soluble tablet unit, which it is possible to unscrew, at which point they are pretty much exactly the same as their manual counterparts.
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I think it is due to fact that there are more parts involved in the automatic system than there are in the manual. Des
There is nothing in an auto jacket that will prevent you from firing it manually.

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