I’ve been looking for a long time for an easy to wear offshore sailing lifejacket integrating a reliable AIS beacon.
Ocean Safety‘s renowned ocean sailing lifejacket, the Kru Sport Pro, is now available with an integrated and professionally installed AIS locator beacon, a lifejacket light, an integral spray hood and crotch strap. As far as I know, it’s the only lifejacket that integrates a beacon, directly fitted in the factory, and that makes it a really safe choice.
This lifejacket is perfectly adapted to offshore sailing, it is light weight and quite comfortable so that one can wear every day, even with just a t-shirt, and almost forget about it. It’s available with or without harness option, but I really recommend that you select the harness option.
The Premier Kru Sport Pro comes with a Kannad R10 personal AIS beacon and the new powerful water activated AQ40 light, which lasts for 40 hours upon activation.
All in all, Ocean Safety is probably the best brand to go to in order to compose a complete safety package (I have no financial interest at all in promoting this brand or it’s lifejacket).
We’ll try this lifejacket and confront it to the Spinlock Deckvest on our next Atlantic crossing and will complete this article with a review.
Thanks for reading, have fun sailing !