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Old 02 November 2003, 03:07   #11
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I have a waterproof phone case clipped to the l/jacket similar to this one - I think Richard B may remember it from Spirit's return.
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Old 02 November 2003, 03:43   #12
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Daniel glad to hear you are ok, I use a manual for inshore & dinghy safety work and auto for offshore.
Peter I think that if your phone was clipped on you might loose it hitting the water, I have had thios with radios before hence I tie them one also.
I noticed on the helicopter pilots survival vests military and civilian (North Sea oil etc.) that they have pouches on the lifejacket for radios etc. I keep looking for suitable pouches for radio and flares without looking like an escapee from some war film, too much green and black bits and a dive knife near by gets people twitchey!
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Daniel, a hell of an experience but glad to see you are still around to keep posting! Were you seated or standing?
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Jelly - I have trouble getting the case clipped on & off the l/j webbing but I take your point - will tie it on in future. The case does float however.

Ravenspring dry suits have nice pockets on the sleeves for mobiles or flares or small VHF's - not waterproof so a case is still req'd. (at least some do - they forgot to put the pocket on mine )

Daniel - I'm a little concerned that the auto jacket did not inflate - I did chuck my nephew in a swimming pool once wearing one of mine and it worked fine. He was interested to see how they worked.
Do you unpack the l/j after each outing to wash down?
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Old 02 November 2003, 12:13   #15
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Some interesting comments from Jon "drum him out of RIBnet" Fuller over on Boatmad

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Bu**er me, Daniel. You're lucky the wind wasn't in the other direction.
I've been considering a Garmin GPS phone. I'll check whether it's water resistant. If it is, you've just convinced me to buy one.
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the Uniden radio in the piccie isdesigned for jet skiers. Totally waterproof, we keep it in the buoyancy aid pocket in the boat & when windsurfing. Unfortunately not type approved over here this one was about $100 i think - from K-mart around 5years ago and still going strong - signal loud and clear at receiving end. The flare is the double ended (daylight smoke nightime pinpoint red) job as issued to lifeboat crew for use if in the water. "O" ring seals at each end, ring pull fire mechanism.
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Sounds like an interesting experience Daniel..... probably not something to try on a regular basis

I had wondered about the requirement of footstraps after nearly being thrown out of my boat earlier on this summer whilst speed trialling my stainless prop - hit a wave doing just over 40 knots and came down hard on the port hand side. I slowed down after that and came in after that little fright

Since then, I generally take a 'Standard' portable VHF radio out with me, and put the hand strap through the lifejacket coupling at the front so it shouldn't ever part my company. Apparently, this radio is intriniscally safe, and also completely waterproof - don't know cost of it mind you since it's a company radio. The battery lasts an age, and you can swap the fixed battery with a set of something like 6 x standard AA batteries if required. It even came with a charger for a cigarette lighter socket too, which although I haven't tried it yet, should work fine on the boat.

Just out of interest, I wonder if many people 'service' their lifejackets annually? - I only say that, since our company lifejackets go in annually to cosalt for service and to check they're in proper working order. I assume the same should be applied to standard leisure user lifejackets (the same type) too?... I've seen a couple go off on friends now, and they've been almost completely unable to turn their head or even try and look down to find out where to deflate the thing from.

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Old 02 November 2003, 17:43   #19
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Daniel,

Glad it all turned out OK in the end and lessons to be considered by all and used in future. Did you come down on the port side ??

I too would like foot straps but not enough space on mine. As a wind surfer for many years they are second nature to me and i feel very safe when i use them (Richard B for example).

Has anyone actually snaped there ankle in a strap as surgested earlier. On a surfer the strap should be only in contact over the ball of your foot to avoid such things happening. However on a rib I would think a deeper contact would be needed to avoid your foot sliping out on impact.

I wonder how many people have been dumped from their rib. Seems high and growing fast. Has anyone any stats on it ???

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Laying in bed last night contemplating the days events i was thinking how else the situation could have ended.

Should i have been parted from the boat and swam in and/or been picked up by another vessel would i easily be able to recover my boat? I guess the lifeboat would be as interested in finding it as me because it represents a danger to shipping???

The answer may lie in the DSC set but i can forsee a problem - although it has the ability to transmit my position to another DSC set after a request i beleive this needs to be confirmed by a keypress... anyone have experience of this first-hand?

It would seam a useful feature being that all the electronics would have still been powered on!
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