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Sailing Buoyancy Aids

What is the difference between buoyancy aids and life jackets?

Do I Need A Buoyancy Aid Or A Life Jacket?

Sailing Buoyancy Aids

Not to be confused with life jackets, buoyancy aids are an essential piece of safety equipment that will ensure you float should you fall into the water. Unlike life jackets, sailing buoyancy aids do not contain a gas cylinder that will need to be replaced after each use, which is why they’re perfect for dinghy sailing.

Dinghy Sailing Buoyancy Aids

To meet the demands of the user, sailing buoyancy aids have a low profile fit, making them ideal for high speed, high agility sports. Furthermore, sailing buoyancy aids are designed to be lightweight and unrestrictive, providing you with maximum comfort and freedom of movement, so you can perform to the best of your ability.

Furthermore, buoyancy aids like Spinlock’s Wing PFD also contain handy features like internal and external pockets, which enable you to keep your valuables close to hand, and also dry coated elastic side panels that reduce water absorption to keep the weight down.

We are commonly asked if there is a difference between sailing buoyancy aids and dinghy sailing buoyancy aids. This can often be confusing as different brands use different wording in an attempt to make their products more appealing to the end user, however they are both exactly the same.

Best Buoyancy Aid for Dinghy Sailing

There is no definitive answer to what the best buoyancy aid for dinghy sailing is, as it is ultimately down to your requirements and your budget. If you’re serious about sailing and require nothing less than the best, our recommendation would be Crewsaver’sErgofit Extreme 50N Buoyancy Aid as this is developed using the same technology developed for the America’s Cup. It’s simply a revolutionary buoyancy aid that provides the most advanced safety specification of any buoyancy aid we have seen.

For a mid-range buoyancy aid, we’d suggestSpinlock’s Wing PFD. This 50N buoyancy aid has a low profile design with a tapered high cut that offers excellent mobility. The sailing buoyancy aid also has multiple pockets that enable you to keep your valuables close to hand.

And finally, we have our best-selling buoyancy aid. Coming in at just shy of £30 (as of May 2021), Besto’s 50N Dinghy Buoyancy Aid offers exceptional value for money thanks to its lightweight PE foam construction and adjustable waist fastening that ensures an extremely comfy fit. This buoyancy aid is perfect for a range of activities, from dinghy sailing, topaddle boarding, towater toys.

Why Choose Pirates Cave Chandlery?

We’ve been selling marine safety equipment for over 30 years, over which we’ve grown to one of the largest chandleries in the UK, with thousands of happy customers – why not read some of our reviews?

Your safety is our biggest priority, which is why all of our floatation devices, whether that be forchildren, adults or evenpets are sourced from the industry’s leading brands, giving you that added quality assurance.

We love nothing more than sunny days spent out on the water, which is why we endeavor to provide you with the best, most reliable, un-biased expert advice regarding our buoyancy aids. This is to ensure that  your next purchase is the correct type of buoyancy aid for you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01634 295 233, send an email to [email protected], orvisit our Rochester store.

All of our orders are sent out on a fully tracked next working day service (subject to stock availability and geographical restrictions). This is to ensure that your order arrives promptly and safely, so you can get out onto the water in no time at all.

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