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Old 10 April 2015, 15:42   #1
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290 N Lifejacket

I enquired about getting a 290 N LJ at a decent chandlers and they didn't really recommend it
Said borderline even with a dry suit on as they are mainly for offshore workers as the bladder is very restricting
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And yet drysuit manufacturers recommend them to counter any chance of air in the feet of the drysuit causing you to invert.
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And yet drysuit manufacturers recommend them to counter any chance of air in the feet of the drysuit causing you to invert.

That's what I told him
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I wear a spinlock 275 with my drysuits, whilst they won't be as easy to swim in I take the view that if I'm close enough to shore that I could consider swimming in then I'd be able to slip or cut my way out if necessary. I'd rather that than be floating feet up.
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I wear a spinlock 275 with my drysuits, whilst they won't be as easy to swim in I take the view that if I'm close enough to shore that I could consider swimming in then I'd be able to slip or cut my way out if necessary. I'd rather that than be floating feet up.
I'd suggest that is probably a bad idea. IF you really want to reduce bouyancy let air out the valve. That way you are still wearing the jacket, still have some air left in it, and can try to reinflate by mouth when you realise that its much further to swim than it looks!
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I enquired about getting a 290 N LJ at a decent chandlers and they didn't really recommend it
Said borderline even with a dry suit on as they are mainly for offshore workers as the bladder is very restricting
Does that actually translate to - too expensive for most of my customers but I've got a 150N here you can buy now?

Because it strikes me that depending on how you use your boat you might be just as far from help as an offshore worker!
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Maybe so with the cost they do mainly 190 N but he would do me a 290 N at a good price
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I'd suggest that is probably a bad idea. IF you really want to reduce bouyancy let air out the valve. That way you are still wearing the jacket, still have some air left in it, and can try to reinflate by mouth when you realise that its much further to swim than it looks!
I don't know how many Newtons my RIB is....but pretty sure there ain't a Life Jacket out there that comes close!...
Swimming very far from an unsinkable Island? that's easy to spot from air land and Sea????Nah...that's why we wear our K.C's!
I've been dumped in the drink twice whilst sitting on the tubes of heavily loaded Dive Rib...when stuffed...believe me swimming any real distance even with a Dry suit(especially without Fins!) let alone + a big Life Jacket is a Pipe Dream!
Kill Cords / LJ's and Stay with the Boat!!
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If there's any decent amount of wind blowing, and if it's choppy enough for you to get chucked out of the boat there probably will be, I'd hazard a guess that the boat will drift faster than you can swim.

A kill cord will stop you getting run over by your boat, but if you are solo then it's no guarantee that you'll be able to get back to the boat.
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If there's any decent amount of wind blowing, and if it's choppy enough for you to get chucked out of the boat there probably will be, I'd hazard a guess that the boat will drift faster than you can swim.

A kill cord will stop you getting run over by your boat, but if you are solo then it's no guarantee that you'll be able to get back to the boat.
Overboard Solo and without any other RIB/cover is a serious Shit Storm for sure....can't remember the last time I was both....oh yeah last October when we sepparated 10 miles off Landsend in Fog on the way to the Scillies.
In that situation I'd be glad to be wearing a Dry suit and have my EPRIB handy...like I was/did in fact!
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