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Old 11 November 2002, 14:23   #11
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Yup, best lifejacket in the world is damned useless in a locker.

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Old 11 November 2002, 15:16   #12
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Manual when in my SIB (not much to bang head on)

Automatic on a RIB (lots of hard bits to bang head on) - this was proven on the BIBOA Weymouth cruise. Funny (not) how when it got rough, the injuries started.... On the outward leg, I managed to head-but the GPS. Fortunately I was wearing my Geko helmet, but unfortunately the GPS didn't come off very well. On the return leg (well, the return attempt) another crew member suffered a nasty head bump. Speaks for itself, I reckon.
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Old 11 November 2002, 15:48   #13
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After reading all the thread,s can anyone suggest which auto jacket is best value for money.


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Old 11 November 2002, 16:06   #14
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have a look at www.compass24.com auto jackets from 35 for non hammar . We have some hydrostatic hammar mechanism jackets but also some of these 35 ones- no problems with them getting wet and premature firing from spray/waves etc and they do work cos a certain nameless instructor dropped one in the oggin at weekend and I now need a re-arming kit Well done Simon! (oh sorry ignore that accidental name drop )
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I've been using the XM Quickfit life jackets which I bought very cheaply at the London Boat Show a few years back. Although they are not quite the same quality as the Crewsaver, they have worn well and are very good value for money.

Shop around on line and you can find them for under fifty quid!

Having said that, for regular use I would probably go for the Crewsaver next time although it's getting on for twice the price as it's not something you buy every day and I prefer the heavier weight webbing and better quality stitching.

XM and Crewsaver both make life jackets with the Hammar hydrostatic release for a few pounds extra too.

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Looks good value JK.
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So, I'll ask the dumb question anyway. What is a 'rescue kite'?

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Auto/Manaul Lifejackets

I wear an XM Automatic Lifejacket with built in lifting Harness & crouch straps once inflated has 150n bouyancy.

I find it very comfortable to wear & dose not get in the way when at the helm, but my main point is this

If you are unfortunate to hit your head when falling overboard it will automatically inflate and turn you face up "It helps". The canisters are very easy to change & cheap.

I tried mine out durng the summer it works fine and I am a fully paid up member of the Fat Boys Club!!!

Try the Marine Super Store in Port Solent only 49.

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So, I'll ask the dumb question anyway. What is a 'rescue kite'?
Why not look on the site that is selling them / giving them away?

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It's supposedly a kite that's a radar reflector. If it's any good at being the reflector, I dunno, but it should make a decent kite. So, when you're stranded out at sea, it gives you something to do!

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When Instructing in the School the Students wear Autos and the Instructors generally wear manual in case they have to enter the water. ( I as principal have left this up to individual Intructors as to what the Instructor wears)

In the Army Boat Squad we wear manuals with a choice of manual or auto for passengers depending on the operational requirement.

When Cruising myself ( on the odd day off I manage) I wear an auto every time !

Horses for courses !

I always wear a life jacket even with a Dry Suit. Anyone who thinks there is no need to wear a LJ with a dry suit should read the Ballycotton Inquiry Report concerning the drowning of 4 Fisheries Officers while engaged on a routine patrol over here 12 years ago. Very akin I would say, to our friends in Finland.

The Ballycotton report is the bible for those of us who drive boats for the Government here in Ireland.

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