Originally Posted by John Kennett
There is nothing in an auto jacket that will prevent you from firing it manually.
Sure but if you are talking about reliability I think the auto ones are less a reliable. If you are expecting the auto system to work and it doesn’t it is unreliable
I always keep four life jackets on the rib and have a further four on a yacht I part own and the auto ones are constantly needing some work on them
The dissolvable plug type keep going of in the locker which is a pain. The hydrostatic ones are better but I have had to replace a couple of firing mechanisms. The most reliable jackets are the solid buoyancy life jackets, they just work
but are a pain to wear