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Old 27 October 2015, 14:51   #11
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Can't you have a sheet metal guy make up new clasps, and use it as an extension to lengthen the straps that way? Or, with some nylon thread and a heavy duty sewing machine, add to the existing straps? (On that note, a decent sailmaker could do it by hand in an hour. Probably a lot less. It would take me considerably longer, and it would come out looking ugly, but it would work.)

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A bit of rope would probably give a bodge, but to my mind there is something intuitively wrong with modifying a lifejacket. Unless the manufacturer supplies an extension strap I'd be concerned that the bladder would no longer be held in the right position to be effective.

Now the oil industry guys in Aberdeen aren't known for their svelt physique, so I'd guess it's the same out your way. Perhaps they could assist with your "procurement"? Or if I recall you did some work on a commercial vessel, who presumably have to accommodate your stature - could that PPE be borrowed whilst weight watchers set up their Falkland branch a delivery arrives?
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Old 27 October 2015, 15:54   #12
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The oil industry guys are to be on a weight / size limit in the future as some of the chubbers larger gentlemen struggle to exit the helicopter if it ditches...
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Contact Keith or Wendy @ SeaSafe they will help you out - tell her Scott from SPR recommended. They manufacture Lifejackets in house ...


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but to my mind there is something intuitively wrong with modifying a lifejacket. Unless the manufacturer supplies an extension strap I'd be concerned that the bladder would no longer be held in the right position to be effective.
The other way to look at that is that without an extension, the jacket is likely to remain unused. I agree that it's not an ideal method, but it is a solution. And given Bog's remote location (he is still in the Falklands, isn't he?), a turnkey factory solution may be a problem.

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Thanks all. I am still waiting for a reply from Marine Warehouse who supplied the original, so I'll see what that turns up first.
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Well, pleased to say that Marine Warehouse (Lifejackets by mail order from Marine Warehouse Ltd - Marine Warehouse Ltd) who supplied them in 2010 have been really helpful. They have sourced an appropriate item despite it not being a stock item, and are posting it to me. Top service - quick response to emails and very helpful - I know where I will be buying a 275N from in due course
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