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Old 15 May 2012, 20:27   #1
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life vest

hello all i have seen a lot of those life vest,s that inflate should i fall over board i need one that would keep at least a 100 kgs afloat allso one that wouldnt inflate after a splash etc...and of course very reliable i was wondering if anyone on here could recommend anything for me....thankyou.....iceland
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Old 16 May 2012, 02:55   #2
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Hi

just finnishing the review of the new spinlock deckvest 5d and it rocks
https://www.spinlock.co.uk/en/deckwa...1-tropic-white

if not using out far at sea or sailing then the deckvest lite is what you need https://www.spinlock.co.uk/en/deckwa...gun-metalblack

the crewsaver 190n is good as well but the new spinlocks are amazing.

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Old 16 May 2012, 10:01   #3
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Hi Iceland

What sort of budget did you have in mind?

Life Jackets range in price from around 40 for a manual inflation, to around 200 for automatic offshore sailing vests with harnesses.

If you tend get in and out of the boat quite a bit, accidentally triggering an automatic is a pain and expensive to re-arm, so a manual might be a good option.

For everyday inshore use, I have an Ocean Safety Kru Sports Pro manual. It is 150N approved but offers 180N of buoyancy so good if you are a bit heavier (like me!). It is also very comfortable as it incorporates a zip front and doesn't flap around too much. Mailspeed Marine is currently offering this for 69.99 against a RRP of 95.99, so a good mid-range choice.

Hope that helps.
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Old 16 May 2012, 11:47   #4
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yes i think a manual would be the way to go because i do wear a old one piece flotation work suit while on the boat for warmth etc...i would like to be able to have a little bit of extra flotation should i take a dip the sea is COLD COLD..here and i dont fancy being eaten by crabs..he he..we do mostly fishing for cod haddock etc and go a fair way out most of the time so a vest would have to be something light and not too much in the way.....iceland
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If you're wearing a floatation suit, you will need at least 275N of lifejacket buoyancy to give you the best chance of righting from face down, 150N is not enough
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If you're wearing a floatation suit, you will need at least 275N of lifejacket buoyancy to give you the best chance of righting from face down, 150N is not enough
Is this extra buoyancy needed due to air in the suit that migrates causing difficulty to right? Just curious as I'm not sure our hazardous duty life jackets in the RN were 275N and we donned those with immersion suits. Could be wrong though its been a while. Cheers
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