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Old 18 May 2010, 14:56   #21
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Both of the above TPAs (thermal protective aids) are packed down quite small. The Adec ones are vacuum packed and about the size of a small paperback. The Ocean Safety ones are a little larger.

As an aside an RYA rescue boat is required to carry one TPA for keeping a casualty warm.

Foil blankets not really much use on a moving boat.
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Old 19 May 2010, 14:27   #22
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I like having my children being in foam life jackets, no need to worry about these not inflating.
Me too - but mine is only 3!

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Old 19 May 2010, 15:04   #23
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For what it's worth I had a hydraulic failure on our RIB today; engine went hard over throwing wife & 2 kids into the water, and 3rd kid hitting her head on the A-frame.
Yikes! Really sorry to hear of your accident - thank god you weren't thrown out too.... How old is your rib out of interest?

Are your kids OK?

I got thrown out last year (my fault) and ended up in hospital, so I always kind of re-live the moment whenever I read of someone else's misfortune.
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Old 20 May 2010, 09:44   #24
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Glad you all got out OK.

I'm on cable steering , but having read this I'll be checking that nut / bolt a bit more often......

For emergency steering, it occurred to me for throttle you could arrnange a "seagull" style thumb lever on the E tiller with a short bowden cable that you replace the remote cable with, so arrnaged to not give the full 200HP which would ba a bit difficult to control by hand, but enough that you can control throttle for the engine. Gears could be taken care of by a simple rod that pokes out where the gear cable normally does.

My other museum has an'72 Johnson which has the tiller held in the "up" position by a bungee cord. If any of the remote gear breaks, it's a 30 second job to uncouple it all & cary on by OEM tiller. Thankfully never had to use it in anger...


For those of you in Central Scotland Duncan Chandlers do a lifejacket checking service for 7 plus any spares you might need.
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For those of you in Central Scotland Duncan Chandlers do a lifejacket checking service for 7 plus any spares you might need.
The RNLI Sea Safety Team hold life jacket clinics and SEA Checks, free of charge contact your local Lifeboat Station as them where the next Clinic is/or invite them down to do SEA check on your boat & gear.

This is done by a different set of volunteers that man the Lifeboat's, We are here to advise and not to Judge.

If your based on the Forth & Tayside, I can arrange any of the above.
22nd May - RNLI Sea Safety Roadshow at Elie, bring your jackets along and get them checked free of charge.
If you want to get a Life Jacket Clinic at a Club, if you want to contact me I will pass your detail's on to the right people.

The Sea Safety Team of Queensferry, Broughty Ferry & Fife will be attending different events through out the year. Across Tayside, Fife and South Side of Forth.

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PS. We dont just check your lifejacket , we show YOU how to do the basic tests, so you can check your lifejacket constantly.
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Old 20 May 2010, 11:29   #26
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we show YOU how to do the basic tests, so you can check your lifejacket constantly.
Are there some basics that can be posted here?

I suspect much is common sense, however it would be useful to know.
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The RNLI Leaflet can be downloaded from here

Somethings to look out for:

  • In date Cylinders and Firing Mechanisms
  • check that correct size of cylinder is installed.
  • Rusty Cylinders - can damage bladder
  • Wear on Webbing, Check contrast stitching for wear.
  • Check Life Jacket Bladder for hoes or excessive rust marks.
  • If life jacket has folded corners check the folds for holes.
  • check to see if green indicator is present, if not remove,
  • Remove Cylinder, make sure it has not been fired.
  • Check tightness of Cylinder
  • Check Crotch Strap Buckets are threaded correctly, ie they can take the strain and not just slip.
  • inflate life jacket with boat pump, never with mouth to test it. Inflate leave in constant temperature for 24 hrs and check for deflation.
  • NEVER insert anything other the end cap, to deflate lifejacket, - other objects may damage the valve.
Carry a spare arming Kit on Boat for you life jacket.

We also advise, Lights & Spray Hoods as well as crotch Straps be fitted to all life jackets. We always has a range of different life jackets at the lifejacket clinics to demonstrated on.

Hammar activated life jackets are pig to check.

If in doubt, inflate it for 24 hours, or contact you local RNLI Lifeboat Station Sea Safety Team, who will inspect it free of charge and go through above.

I might have missed something out, but these are the basics.

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If the engine is stuck in the straight ahead position, and you have lost or dont have an emergency tiller onboard and your not wanting to make great speed ,to get yourself out of the s,,t you could always rig a rope from each side of the boat ,,eg A frame ,and tow something behind to act as a drouge ,, ,by pulling on the line it will give you some steerage one way or the other.

The atlantic 75, s have a paddle that has been modified to use as an emergency tiller in case of steering failure,
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The guide can also be found here: http://www.rnli.org.uk/what_we_do/se...our_lifejacket
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Somethings to look out for:
Thanks for that....

I have noticed with a couple of my jackets (I have manuals and autos) that the wee green indicator plastic thing, have dropped off. Sort of lost their tension, if you know what I mean. The C02 cylinders are new and undamaged.

Is this an issue?

I always thought the indicators were there more as a visual reference rather than anything important operationally.

I've also just had this ghastly thread hi-jack feeling too.
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