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Old 24 February 2019, 06:46   #1
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Life jacket renewal

Just starting getting things ready for new season. Looking at LJ’s and wonder if it was time to renew.
As rule when do others renew theirs?
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Old 24 February 2019, 08:39   #2
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How old are your current life jackets Jambo?

I've just checked mine, they're Seago 175N auto-jackets. They were recalled and replaced back in 2008 by Seago. I renew the re-arming kits every 3 years or so (not the CO2 cylinders).

Still think they are good for a few more years yet. Plan to pressure test them this year before season starts.
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How old are your current life jackets Jambo?



I've just checked mine, they're Seago 175N auto-jackets. They were recalled and replaced back in 2008 by Seago. I renew the re-arming kits every 3 years or so (not the CO2 cylinders).



Still think they are good for a few more years yet. Plan to pressure test them this year before season starts.


Mostly round about the same age as yours. Had they professionally serviced a couple of times during that period. There in good condition.
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Mostly round about the same age as yours. Had they professionally serviced a couple of times during that period. There in good condition.


I service mine myself Billy, weigh the cylinders, check the Hammar heads, inflate the jacket, leave it overnight, repack.
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I service mine myself Billy, weigh the cylinders, check the Hammar heads, inflate the jacket, leave it overnight, repack.


Thanks Dave. So it’s a while since you renewed.
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Thanks Dave. So it’s a while since you renewed.


My current “best” jackets (crewsaver ergofit 290N) are around 4 yrs old. I’ve got 4 other “guest” jackets that are around 8years old. All in good order. I’ve changed the Hammar heads on the crewsavers & the salt pellet heads on the others over the years. I binned one of the guest jackets last year as it was wearing on a seam. I wash them off after use & hang them to dry.
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My current “best” jackets (crewsaver ergofit 290N) are around 4 yrs old. I’ve got 4 other “guest” jackets that are around 8years old. All in good order. I’ve changed the Hammar heads on the crewsavers & the salt pellet heads on the others over the years. I binned one of the guest jackets last year as it was wearing on a seam. I wash them off after use & hang them to dry.


Cheers mate thanks.
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I'm not too fussed about the actual age of my lifejackets.
I check them every year - inflate & check they hold air and check & weigh the CO2 cylinders, etc....
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I service mine myself Billy, weigh the cylinders, check the Hammar heads, inflate the jacket, leave it overnight, repack.
I do the above but include checking for frays in the material.
I also write the weight of the cylinder plus test date on the cylinder in permanent marker. I use a balance which reads to 2 decimal places from ADSA for about £7. All one has to remember is to insert a new battery each year. I had 12 LJs of my own to test each year.

Oh and check the expiry date on the Auto-Inflate cylinder!
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I've got jackets 20 years old issued by companies I've worked for like Dave I just service them myself, I usually fire mine off when the co2 cylinders start to corrode and leave overnight for a test. Having said that I'm currently on a kayak buoyancy aid with my dry suit takes all the risk away of punctures OMO though
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