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Old 11 April 2006, 06:00   #1
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Life Jackets, whats the best?

I have collar atyle auto inflating life jackets on my boat but planning an extended offshore cruise, what jackets would you recomend?

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Old 11 April 2006, 07:00   #2
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Crew Saver 150N Hammar with leg straps. This is what we use and are please with them. Also have the 250N ones but think they are a bit OTT, huge when inflated!
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Old 11 April 2006, 13:14   #3
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I have a 150N crewsaver, and a 275N crewsaver (both Hammar) with Harness, both extremely comfortable to wear for the entire day. I tend to wear the 275N one more than the 150N one, and I think if you are over a certain weight it's recommended that you go to 275N anyway since it helps right you if you go overboard when unconcious.
Also, if you do any night stuff, it's worth getting the crewsaver emergency light for about 12 incase you go in the drink then.

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Old 11 April 2006, 14:53   #4
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ok and for those who might be looking for a budget lifejacket for coastal use (with leg straps) what would you recommend and wheres the cheapest place? Any make to avoid?
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Just make sure that any buy are CE marked and made to EN396 (of course anyone can print a sticker to say that, but I don't think reputable suppliers would want to try them out!)

You should be able to get a manual for 31 and an auto (not Hammar) for 37. Thigh straps around 7. Better prices available for multiple purchase.
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I might be being stupid here but when its says with / without harness..whats the difference?

Edit: Ignore this..I've worked it out for myself!!
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Old 11 April 2006, 17:09   #7
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When you say jackett do you mean the type that i have seen Mike Deacon
wear on Hot Lemon i dont know what make but they look a serious bit of kit
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Do you mean something like this?

http://www.seasafe.co.uk/lifejackets.htm

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Crewsaver

I use crewsaver myself and for all punters, comfortable, parts are readily available for servicing etc and many options / combinations
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Old 12 April 2006, 06:53   #10
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Diversing slighty
We have crew savers that are 2/3 years old,
Dose any body know where to get them serviced Chichester area.
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