Life­jacket and har­ness

Yachting Monthly - - TECHNICAL -

Then there’s your Per­sonal Flota­tion Aid (PFA), which will usu­ally come down to an in­flat­able life­jacket of sorts these days. Re­mem­ber, this de­vice could save your life, so don’t skimp on it. When you sud­denly find your­self in the freez­ing sea you’ll be very glad you opted for the best money could buy. To my mind that’s one with an in­te­gral har­ness, spray­hood, twin crotch straps, bright flash­ing strobe and a PLB pocket at least. If it’s a proper fit and com­fort­able you’re also more likely wear it. Whether you choose a man­ual or auto ac­ti­va­tion is down to you, but as the most com­mon way to be nudged over the side is by the boom hit­ting your head, per­son­ally I choose to use an au­to­matic mech­a­nism just in case I’m un­con­scious when I hit the wa­ter.

RIGHT: An AIS bea­con can raise the alarm on the clos­est boat: yours

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