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Old 29 September 2012, 11:01   #1
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What Lifejackets

I have fished on boats for a couple of years wearing an auto lifejacket & ive been in blyth rnli for 8 month now and we use jackets with bouyancy aid & manual inflation.Im worried that if i get a good soaking whilst on the rib it may trigger the sensor and inflate the auto jacket perhaps?
So the big question is what do you reccomend????

Auto or manual, maybe even a good bouyancy jacket????
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Old 29 September 2012, 11:38   #2
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Automatic. Get one with a Hammar inflation system, rather than the Halkey Roberts type. Hammar are activated by water pressure, rather than softening of a "pill" that releases a firing pin. The Halkey Roberts type certainly CAN be triggered by repeated heavy splashing...
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Old 29 September 2012, 11:39   #3
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Even a good soaking shouldn't trigger the auto-inflation. If you were unlucky enough to hit your head if you go overboard, then a manual release lifejacket will remain un-inflated if your unconscious.

I'm using Seago 175N auto lifejackets. I check them regularly and replace the firing mechanism at its replace date. It's expensive if you buy the recharge kits with CO2 bottles - and there's no reason to replace the gas bottle unless the lifejacket has been inflated. This is a good site for recharge kits, etc. Lifejacket Rearming Kits, CO2 and Parts - Lifejacket Gas, Lights, Hoods, Lifelines, Straps - Products - Marine Warehouse Ltd
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Even a good soaking shouldn't trigger the auto-inflation.
Rain and such won't - but repeated heavy splashing can. Been there, got the wet tee-shirt...
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only one issue with hydrostatic, if it does get activated after falling in, it is advised not to change the firing system without doing a 24 hr, inflation test afterwards.

So unless you wang to keep fully inflated jacket till you get home, you best carrying a spare.

I have also heard the hydrostatic have inflated in yachts with a gust of wind!

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Rain and such won't - but repeated heavy splashing can. Been there, got the wet tee-shirt...
I take it we're talking the full para handy (water in the wheelhouse)!
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I take it we're talking the full para handy (water in the wheelhouse)!
Buckets of it - like the "effects" in old nautical movies...
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i work in the oil industry and we do helicopter ditch training once out of the simulator you have to pull the release on the manual jacket your wearing(cant wear auto in aircraft) i'm used to being in water good swimmer waterskied for years kayaks etc i got out of the simulator tried to find the toggle to inflate jacket couldnt find it.rescue swimmer puts the toggle in my hand i pull it & it slips out of my hand (cold wet hands) swimmer gives me it again same happens guy gets sick and pulls it for me!
my point is i wasnt stressed i was wearing a survival suit knew i was going to get dunked i like playing in water but in a swimming pool with no waves or tide i struggled to activate the jacket
i wouldnt have a manual jacket at any price id rather wear a titanic style foam jacket then at least id know i was safe we wear crewsaver 190n zipped jackets on our boat which look like they would be difficult to get wet by splashing & are v comfortable
we did have an older auto jacket inflate in a damp locker so we just hang them in a dry open area now
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tie a bit of 10lb "or line lighter than the breaking strain of the cord" fishing line round the toggle and then round your steering wheel if your out and the sea gets doggy, if you go overboard you'll auto it that way. If you cant afford new jackets and are concerned that is.
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Security comes first - If you can't afford auto life jackets you should at least use the standart non inflatable ones.

Attaching yourself to the boat using a long line is an idea
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