Sailing Life Jackets, PFD's, Buoyancy Aids and Tethers

Safety equipment like the life jacket or personal flotation device, tethers or inflatables life jackets are an essential part of safe sailing. Sailing life jackets, or PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices), are intended to keep you afloat in a head-up position.  They are available in foam vests or the very compact and comfortable inflatable type. Most are U.S. Coast Guard Approved.  Some inflatable PFDs come with attachment points for a tether.  Tethers and jacklines are another safety staple of the offshore sailor, and can keep you attached to the vessel. 

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Sailing Life Jackets, PFD's and Tethers Information

 

 

Astral PFD's- Designed for team coaches, college sailors, and anyone else who spends tons of time in their PFDs, Astral life jackets use innovative and environmentally friendly materials. Women’s specific models available.

 

 

Buoyancy Aids- Lightweight, low-profile, and minimal bulk. Buoyancy aids are a good option for small and sporty keel boats, but are not USCG approved.  Tons of selection from top brands: Gill, Musto, Neil Pryde, Slam, Spinlock, and Zhik.

 

Gill PFD's- Race proven by and designed for maximum comfort and adjustability. Gill lets you choose front or side zip entry.

 

Inflatable PFD's & Tethers- Inflatable PFDs are used inshore to reduce weight and improve comfort on the water.  Offshore versions incorporate heavy-duty harnesses and tether attachment points to keep you connected to the boat.  We offer both Spinlock and Mustang Survival options.

 

Kid's & Junior PFD's- Keep your kids safe with correctly and comfortably sized PFDs. We even have kid’s size inflatables! Check out options from Gill, Extrasport, Astral, and Spinlock.

 

Stohlquist PFD's- Innovative, highly mobile, and low-profile Stohlquist designs are great for kayaking, whitewater, and of course dinghy sailing! Women’s specific models available.

 

Tethers & Jacklines- Meet race requirements and ensure your safety with the highest quality Wichard and Spinlock tethers and jacklines.

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