Automatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Devices
Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are essential pieces of marine gear that give your body the additional buoyancy it needs to stay afloat in water. They come in many formats, including traditional and inflatable. An inflatable PFD is a unique alternative to typical foam vests for kayakers, paddlers and boaters.
At Fawcett Boat Supplies, we stock various USCG-certified manual and automatic inflatable life vests ready whenever you are.
What are Inflatable PFDs?
Inflatable personal flotation devices are life vests designed with CO2 canisters that provide the necessary buoyancy. They can be inflated in two ways, manually or automatically. A manual configuration requires the user to pull a designated cord. An automatic inflatable PFD uses either a dissolvable tab or an internal pressure gauge to trigger the gas cartridges.
Those who know how to swim and are older than 16 should utilize inflatable PFDs. We recommend these devices for low-impact activities such as kayaking, boating, canoeing or paddle boarding. PFDs require frequent maintenance to replace used CO2 cartridges and ensure they function properly before your next adventure.
Benefits of Auto Inflatable Life Vests
Automatic inflatable PFDs are convenient resources to wear for long days in the water. You can choose from various designs meeting the USCG approval standards for types I, II, III and V to receive an exceptional offshore automatic inflatable life jacket that meets your needs.
Contrary to popular belief, these life jackets are designed to withstand water, spray and rain and will only deploy when fully submerged. You also have the freedom to convert some models into manual configurations for additional accessibility. An offshore automatic inflatable life jacket:
- Is comfortable to wear: Unlike traditional vests, inflatable models are slim-fitting and provide you with excellent mobility while not inflated.
- Keeps you cool: Since they cover less of your body, these auto inflatable life vests keep you cool during hot days on the water.
- Is reusable: You can easily replace your CO2 containers after inflating them so they're ready to go the next time you leave the dock.
- Offers hands-free activation: Once submerged in approximately 4 inches of water, their gas cylinders activate automatically, making them perfect for unconscious individuals.
A Reliable Marine Dealer for all of Your Inflatable PFD Needs
You deserve unwavering confidence in your marine safety equipment, a feeling you'll only receive when you purchase accessories from an experienced and trustworthy dealer. Fawcett Boat Supplies has worked hard to establish this reputation, framing us as industry leaders. Our story began in 1948 when we opened our storefront in Annapolis, Maryland. From that day on, we've continued to grow our operations, filling our inventory with superior products you can count on.
Our staff is full of caring individuals who are avid boaters themselves. They have a strong passion for the hobby and commit themselves to help other boating enthusiasts bring their projects to life and complete repairs while staying safe. Our team holds all the certifications required and is capable of tackling an assortment of concerns.
Buy Your Inflatable Personal Flotation Devices Today
Fawcett Boat Supplies has the necessary equipment if you're searching for a dependable and sturdy inflatable PFD. Visit us in-store or browse our catalog to find the automatic life vests your can rely on when it matters.