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Old 17 May 2010, 17:30   #11
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Also Sorry to hear about your mishap.

I like having my children being in foam life jackets, no need to worry about these not inflating. Not always the most practical solution, but does offer them some protection from banging into things on board too.
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Old 17 May 2010, 17:37   #12
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Also Sorry to hear about your mishap.

I like having my children being in foam life jackets, no need to worry about these not inflating. Not always the most practical solution, but does offer them some protection from banging into things on board too.
Warmer too. I sometimes wear one in the winter to keep the chills out
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Warmer too. I sometimes wear one in the winter to keep the chills out
Can you get full 275 newtons foam life jackets? Would have thought they were too bulky.
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I lie. I wear a buoyancy aid when its cold not a lifejacket.
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I lie. I wear a buoyancy aid when its cold not a lifejacket.
So are these safe if you get knocked out? Is there anything out there that will self right without the need for compressed gases?
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foam jackets that self right for kids:

http://www.baltic.se/categories.asp?cat_id=4&lang=eng


Hybrid Jacket. is best for RIBers...

http://www.baltic.se/product.asp?prod_id=32&lang=eng

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So are these safe if you get knocked out? Is there anything out there that will self right without the need for compressed gases?
Short of one of the punters bashing me over the head I hope I won't get knocked out! In all seriousness, if it's a calm day and it's cold I will go out in my Crewsaver BA simply because its a bit warmer. If it's not calm I'll wear a life jacket.
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And another thing......

As 'the other rib' I would just like to post my two bobs worth in addition to cousin Doms words of wisdom about life jackets and so on.

Firstly I've never seen such a twist and shake when the steering let go. I dont think the boat was going that fast - maybe 25 knots or so (Dom?) but to lurch like that and have the force to launch folk out of the boat so far was incredible. I know its kind of obvious but it really brought it home to me to get your passengers ( I had a few 'first timers' on my boat) to hold on tight. In this case the forces at work were so intense it would have made no difference - I know for a fact we drill our kids to always hold on and they do - and it was the three passengers ( 1 adult, two children) on the port side, all of whom are experienced sailors and ribsters, who got thrown in but it made me realise just how quickly disaster can strike and how forceful it can be.

We closed on the scene fairly rapidly after Dom cut the power. This really emphasized to me that if you are out in a pair or group, dont follow directly behind and keep a good 200 meters apart. We were quite a way off to one side and a good distance behind but I dread to think what would have happened if we had been closer and directly behind Doms boat.

Lastly, cousin Sam (Mrs Dom) has since added to the suggested kit list - I had nothing on board except what other people were wearing to keep people warm or dry once out of the water and she has suggested foil thermal blankets on board too which I think are a great idea if you have to wait for any time for the services to arrive or get people back to shore.

I have had better Sundays but probably never learnt so much!

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foam jackets that self right for kids:

http://www.baltic.se/categories.asp?cat_id=4&lang=eng


Hybrid Jacket. is best for RIBers...

http://www.baltic.se/product.asp?prod_id=32&lang=eng

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Great link to the Baltic jacket SPR looks amazing on the xmzs list!!

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Glad to hear everyone is OK.

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...she has suggested foil thermal blankets on board too which I think are a great idea...
I'd recommend TPA's over foil blankets. They're much warmer and keep rain/spray off the casualty too.

You can get 'normal' ones or super-dooper posh ones

As already mentioned - you really should check lifejackets every time you go out. I'd say around 75% of all lifejackets I've checked during own boat tuition have been faulty and wouldn't inflate when needed. Most of those were simply loose cylinders. Don't assume new ones are OK either, I've found them with loose cylinders too - not to mention one with a staple through it.
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