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Old 02 January 2011, 06:11   #11
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Old 02 January 2011, 06:31   #12
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Looked at a Typhoon as a replacement and it seemed really poor compared to the Crew Saver I currently use.

I wrap the cylinder in a condom and tape the bottom before fitting, keeps the cylinders in great condition
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Old 02 January 2011, 07:01   #13
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A word of warning about the Kru's: Seems obvious what would happen now that it has to me but just was something I didn't think about.

I had 2 Kru LJ's in my under deck storage which got forgotten about when the boat was laid up. Some water got in there over time and set them off. No big deal, just get new cylinders and repack and rearm them. Trouble is, because the inflatable part is packed inside an outer jacket which is zipped up with those special burst open zips, if theres anything in the way that restricts the jacket opening up as it wants then the zips won't open properly when it goes off. In turn the inflatable part cant unfold and expand etc, net result is the LJ self destructs. 2 almost new, expensive LJs went straight in the bin, I was gutted!

I did go and buy 2 new though it has to be said, I just look after them a lot better now!
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I wrap the cylinder in a condom and tape the bottom before fitting, keeps the cylinders in great condition
And you don't have to worry if it was to go off prematurely
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Just before Christmas I picked up 2x 275N Seago auto inflate lifejackets, with crotch straps integral spray hoods and automatic lights here in Dublin for 120euro each.. Damn good I reckon! Marine parts direct in Swords, Co.Dublin ...
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Another vote for the Crewsaver 190N, I bought several for the crew to wear and over the summer. They were very comfortable and gave no trouble at all. I think Pete M will vouch for this too.

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We've just had an auction and I didn't realise till after that a local fisherman had donated some brand new 100N jackets, he need larger newtons for coding so the jackets were still in the packet.... went for a tenner each!
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fisherman....still in the packet....
Sounds about right!
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Whats the best lifejacket on the market to buy?
The best Life Jacket is the one you will wear!

I like the baltic range or secumar personally...

A word of advice i was given on a recent training course, don't tamper with the cylinder bottle, since if they fail to go off the manufacturer has a get out of jail card...

If the cylinder is rusting means you are keeping the Lifejacket in the wrong type of environment or not drying it out.....

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The Crewsaver 150n tends to be regarded as the industry standard jacket and we have 1000's of them under a national contract.

I would always recommend that you check the bottle - as per Crewsaver advice, particularly if stored in a car, or boat to make sure vibrations do not loosen them.

The 190n jackets do seem very gucci but I do have concerns over introducing another bottle size which is subject to confusion. I wonder why these new "comfort" style jackets do not still retain the 150n / 33g bottle???

Just a con?
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