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Old 11 January 2013, 15:27   #11
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Rogues gallery, half out gas bottles are rusty well before teaching expiry, and when replaced at that point they have all worked fine.
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Old 11 January 2013, 15:37   #12
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Rogues gallery, half out gas bottles are rusty well before teaching expiry, and when replaced at that point they have all worked fine.
the problem with rusty bottled is that they are rough and will start to corrode lifejacket bladder.

Best practice is to replace, when rusty starts to appear or try even to prevent this happening...

I strongly suggest that anybody that has not attended RNLI lifejacket clinic event , contact your local sea safety officer to find next or request for a chat...

They are a few RNLI sea safety folk lurking here, including myself...

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BTW what are the bladders like on the SeaSafe models, I also like the zip to check the gas bottle.
Good quality - and they are made in great Britian
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Further to Pete's post;-

We use the Parmaris Raiders. They are great value jackets and extremely good quality. As has already been said, they are used continuously for 7 months and off and on for the rest of the year. Over the 2 years we keep them, inspections/overhauls have only ever found rust on the gas cylinders.
For crew use we use the Crewsaver 190N which are worn 8hours a day for 7 months and again a great jacket.
On both, the bladders are made from a light but strong material that is like a strong nylon sail cloth.
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Noticed on some of gas types the stole/ bladder was fine but the oral inflation tube had started to crack or part or leak where it fits onto the bladder Then there's the common wear holes that can start to appear on the tight corners if its the type that has folds (press studs ).
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Noticed on some of gas types the stole/ bladder was fine but the oral inflation tube had started to crack or part or leak where it fits onto the bladder Then there's the common wear holes that can start to appear on the tight corners if its the type that has folds (press studs ).
That's exactly what I am trying to get across most LJ seem to be badly designed and to say that your life depends on them the workman ship is sh*te. Also the price you can pay for them you would expect more for your money.
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That's exactly what I am trying to get across most LJ seem to be badly designed and to say that your life depends on them the workman ship is sh*te. Also the price you can pay for them you would expect more for your money.
+ 1 Kerny I've just ordered two new lifejackets which when they arrived I was dissapointed in, they are supposed to comfortable to wear all day but I found them heavy after only a few minutes. When I opened the jacket up to check the gas cannister etc it was like a nightmare re-packing it, which does not bode well for future use. Also, I ordered 2 replacement gas kits to keep on the rib, just in case, both of which have expiry dates for dec 2014. I'm ringing up to day to organise sending them back, shame really as they are not cheap LJ's, I was hoping for better to be honest
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hey kerny, im thinking you are just heay handed - wasnt it you that broke the plastic connector on the back of your chartplotter?
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hey kerny, im thinking you are just heay handed - wasnt it you that broke the plastic connector on the back of your chartplotter?
erm that's another issue..

Still say that most LJ are built like sh*te.
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erm that's another issue..

Still say that most LJ are built like sh*te.
thats why they call em floaters see Kerny, you would've thought they'd use all the best material though.
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