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Guide to Choosing a Foam Filled Sailing Life Jacket

What is a sailing life jacket? A sailing life jacket is one you will wear when actively sailing.  Forget about the big orange offshore vests and the cheap ones sold by the half dozen in a plastic zipper storage bag.  Neither of these are designed to be worn consistently each time you go out sailing.  What we are talking about is a foam filled vest that is comfortable and happily worn every time you go sailing.  In these vests you […]

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Understanding the Different Types of Life Jackets

No matter where you are sailing in the world it is important to understand what type of life jackets or PFDs (Personal Flotation Device) you have on board and available to you.  There are four common standards that are found in life jackets (or vests) around the world which we will discuss.  Other standards exist, but they are generally derived from one or more of the following: US Standards – USCG Approved International Standards – ISO European Standards – CE […]

How to Choose Life Jackets for Kids & Infants

We will walk you through essential sizing and fitting tips to get the best USCG approved life jackets for kids of all sizes while explaining the 2 common PFD (personal flotation device) types for kids. Sizing Life Jackets for Kids Fit is important in keeping a child’s head above water, so do not get a too-big life jacket thinking he or she will grow into it. Sizing for a youngster depends on his or her weight (not chest size, as it does with […]

What is a Sailing Buoyancy Aid

What is a sailing buoyancy aid and is it right for you? Sailing buoyancy aids are becoming increasingly popular in the United States for three simple reasons: They are smaller and more compact than traditional life jackets. They contain less foam and are cut to afford more freedom of movement making them comfortable and easy to move around a boat in (especially when racing). Minimalist designs have limited pockets, straps, buckles and attachments giving them a ‘clean’ exterior that is less likely to […]

Guide to Choosing an Inflatable PFD | Expert Advice

Why choose an inflatable life jacket? Traditional life jackets use inherently buoyant materials, such as foam (or Kapok), to keep the wearer afloat. Inflatable life jackets, as their name indicates, use inflatable bladders to provide buoyancy. Inflatable life jackets are less bulky than traditional life jackets and more comfortable to wear. When not inflated, the bladder is compact and lightweight. Inflatables come in a variety of performance ratings. Many are USCG approved while some carry European certifications instead. The specific USCG rating of life jacket […]

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What to Wear Guide for College and High School Sailing | Expert Advice

Are you new to Scholastic Sailing? Wondering what kind of gear you (or your favorite sailor) will need for the upcoming season? APS has developed a list of essentials pieces to get you started. With that said, we highly recommend speaking with your coach to see what other items you might need. Need a PDF to print out? Click here. Warm Weather Spray Top: A good spray top will be the workhorse a scholastic sailor’s gear. It blocks wind and water; and […]

Guide toWhat to Pack for a Barebaot Charge

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter | Expert Advice

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter – The Complete Guide Bareboat chartering allows you to choose from destinations around the globe, and the ability to freely explore with few of the trappings and stresses of daily life back home.  Destinations vary from places like the BVI in the Caribbean, Greece in the Mediterranean, Tonga in the South Pacific, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, Belize in Central America and more.  The better […]

How to Convert an Automatic Spinlock Life Jacket to Manual Inflation | Expert Advice

When choosing an inflatable automatic life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual activation to control when inflation occurs and to prevent accidental  inflation in wet/extreme conditions. From Coastal Cruising to offshore sailing, Spinlock Deckvest 5D Pro Sensor  is the perfect candidate for these applications as it utilizes the UML Pro Sensor inflation. This activation system is water and moisture sensitive that uses a compressed paper capsule which dissolves when wet, which then releases a spring […]