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Old 27 July 2011, 02:42   #1
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As a commercial skipper do I need my personal life jacket serviced every 12 months? I know that customer jackets must be checked but does the same apply?

If so any got a recommendations of where to go (solent area) - the only place I know of is ocean safety?!

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Old 27 July 2011, 04:14   #2
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We use Baltic at Hamble very good. Ocean safety also for their jackets

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Old 27 July 2011, 04:17   #3
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Yes annual inspections needed on all jackets on board which I believe must be done by at least someone who have been given training also weekly inspections should be made of jackets, that bit is in code so worth knowing and be able to show you did it

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Viking at Hamble also do inspections

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Yes annual inspections needed on all jackets on board which I believe must be done by at least someone who have been given training also weekly inspections should be made of jackets, that bit is in code so worth knowing and be able to show you did it

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Ian, would it be correct to say that the minimum number of inspected life-jackets must be carried, but that since there is no insistence in the regs that crew or pax wear them that crew could elect to wear their own personal PPE - which may not require inspection/test? Not that I am saying this is a good idea...
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From memory you are required to carry two per cent more lifejackets than the number of MCA code allows you to carry so example coded for ten you must carry eleven jackets all in date inspected. ther is no requirement to wear them except in our case we won't take anyone who refuses to wear properly. Crew likewise and yes I think they must be inspected unless they are non inflating

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From memory you are required to carry two per cent more lifejackets than the number of MCA code allows you to carry so example coded for ten you must carry eleven jackets all in date inspected.
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Fairly sure it's number of passengers and crew plus ten per cent (always rounded up to nearest whole number); e.g. 12 pax plus 2 crew = 14; 10% = 1.4, round up = 2; so 2 spare life jackets must be carried on board.
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Yes I agree always carry more plus copy of inspection Cert

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Agree with the figures above and also remember that if you have two sizes on board, you must carry 10% of each. For example we have both adult and child lifejackets, so always carry 2 extra adult and at least one extra child (we would never have more than 10 children aboard).

If a skipper is employed to operate the boat, then he should be wearing a life jacket that has been inspected within the last 12 months. We have different life jackets for the crew which we sought their opinions before purchase.

We have had customers turn up with their own lifejackets. Unless they could prove they had been serviced, we politely refuse and insist ours are worn. As Ian states, no life jacket, no go.

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Number carried if inflatable LJs is code plus 10% or 2 (whichever is greater). For small craft this means 2 extra.

If you have foam filled LJs then no extra required.
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