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Old 08 May 2009, 18:25   #11
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I was walking around Port Solent Superstore today and saw some auto inflating horse shoe lifebouys and inflatable personal Danbouys. Anyone with experience of these?
Not sure what a Danbuoy is, but was it something like this?

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I was walking around Port Solent Superstore today and saw some auto inflating horse shoe lifebouys and inflatable personal Danbouys. Anyone with experience of these?
I spotted the personal danbuoys in the Force 4 catalogue. I'd be interested to see what they are like too.
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Not sure what a Danbuoy is, but was it something like this?

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No jky, thats a horse shoe life ring. The danbouy goes into the air like a big inflatable stick with a flag and light on the end. I think the idea is that if you are in the water and obscured by waves then this makes you more visible to the rescue boat.
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Thanks; never heard it called that before. I think over here they call them MOB markers or somthing like that.

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I was walking around Port Solent Superstore today and saw some auto inflating horse shoe lifebouys and inflatable personal Danbouys. Anyone with experience of these?
I had one to try out, and it worked very well. I would be happy to have them on board but unfortunately they aren't acceptable for a coded boat which must have permanently buoyant lifebuoys
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I had one to try out, and it worked very well. I would be happy to have them on board but unfortunately they aren't acceptable for a coded boat which must have permanently buoyant lifebuoys
Got my Scorpions coded MCA cat 4 with the horse shoe version. It is strapped to the a-frame but needed an extra bit of bungee. it looks much nicer than the foam one.
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Thanks; never heard it called that before. I think over here they call them MOB markers or somthing like that.

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Dan bouy or correct name dahn comes from the danish anchor seine netters in the north sea, we used it to mark the anchor rope of the purse net ,a good modern way instead of a flag on the pole is to use bright coloured tape ,it still flutters inthe wind but has less chance of blowing the lot over ,ones we used were 12 feet tall bamboo poles going through a 4 feet diamiter plastic dan bouy .as a matter of intrest i was told that having a lifebelt or a horeshoe float in the water even if the person is wearing a lifejacket ,gives them a better chance of survival as mentaly its something to hold on to,whilst waiting for rescue ,
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Got my Scorpions coded MCA cat 4 with the horse shoe version. It is strapped to the a-frame but needed an extra bit of bungee. it looks much nicer than the foam one.
Well Done!

This was the response when I tried to use inflatables ...

"Discussion with Mr Ralph, Principal Surveyor of Fishing & Code Vessel Safety Branch, has resulted in the response that inflatable lifebouys are unacceptable for coding purposes.

Reference was then made to MSN 1676 (Schedule 8) & MSN 1677 (Schedule 7, Schedule 12) accordingly (please see the following links) noting that for a RIB the 610mm lifebouy has often been accepted:

The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999 http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/m.1676.pdf

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The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999 The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Passenger Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999 http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/msn_1677__m_.pdf "
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There's some logic in not allowing inflatables for coding as you are relying on a gas release mechanism at a time you want certainty and an obvious way to see how it works. (Although could also be said for lifejackets as - same mechanism)

The best aspect of the inflatable type for RIBs and smaller boats is they take much less space, especially if you don't have an A-frame.

Another useful product of this type is a simple rescue sling - usually have a padded sling and 30m or so of floating rope.
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