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Old 09 October 2008, 12:35   #11
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When I worked at an outdoor centre all jackets were inflated and left in a cold room for 48 hours then they were then buoyancy tested by attaching a 15kg weight and thrown into fresh water. All were inflated by compressor. (200 jackets in total. sod blowing them up)
The company also had a policy of dipping all inflation tubes in sterilising solution to stop germs being passed on between the kids.
It was much easier to tell the kids about all the hundreds of other children that had placed their mouths around the inflation tube. the kids never seemed to blow the lifejackets up.
In seven years never had a problem with jackets rotting and by this time most jackets were abraded externally to the point that they were replaced.

I think this is another example of over active safety orientated world that we live in today

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Old 11 October 2008, 06:25   #12
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Originally Posted by hobbit555 View Post
When I worked at an outdoor centre all jackets were inflated.

I think this is another example of over active safety orientated world that we live in today
when my family started boating in the late 1950s there were not that many lifejackets made for leisure use ,most boaters used ex m.o.d stuff from the war ,anyone remember the victory kapock lifejackets or the ex raf mae west ones ,one size fit all ,as kids we played with them in the street until we needed them on the boat ,and they always worked even if someone had blown them up with impatigo or a snotty nose .

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Originally Posted by Doug Stormforce View Post
Just leaving a life jacket fully inflated over night is not enough.

Its pretty customary to

A/. Test them under pressure as when you fall in the water their will be the pressure of the sea trying to squeeze the air out of the valves.

B/. Having tested them fully inflated deflate 1/3 and test agin to ensure that the oral inflation valve still works when it has less internal pressure forcing it up.

We have a national contract with Crewsaver and have thousands of lifejackets. They say that 2hrs is sufficient for an inspection .... not a service though.

Every year our lifejackets go back to Crewsaver for a full service, in addition to the inspection.


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