Originally Posted by prairie tuber
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?
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)