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Old 15 April 2011, 12:38   #1
Country: UK - Wales
Town: N Wales Chester
Boat name: Mr Smith
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Feb 2009
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When did you last check the expiry/test your lifejackets?

Decided to open up our auto jackets and check the cans for this season. They're a good 6 years old and only one can replaced when it fell in drink and inflated.

Told to inflate them manually to test the jacket.- all fine

Told that if the can is in ok nick you can weigh them evidently to check full.- ours was corroded.

Also check your trigger if an automatic.- oops, our trigger expired 01/08

Trigger/can pack was under 20, well worth replacing!!!

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Old 15 April 2011, 14:51   #2
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Edinburgh
Make: Humber op
Length: 6m +
Engine: Mariner 100 efi
Join Date: Feb 2011
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When we bought our yacht last year it came with two old manual jackets that were out of date .
so the other day we decided to try them out , our 12 year old daughter needs no excuse to get wet .
so she donned her new drysuit and went for a long walk down a long slip to try them out .

they worked fine and stayed inflated over night . we will be rearming them soon and keep them on the rib as spares .


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Old 15 April 2011, 15:43   #3
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Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Central Belt of Scotland
Boat name: Puddleduck III
Make: Bombard
Length: 5m +
Engine: 50 HP
Join Date: Mar 2009
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A few tips:

1) Use a pump to inflate the Jacket, not you month since bacteria & moisture will enter and will cause mold.

2) Check the stitching for wear n tear. Modern life jackets are now usually high contrasting.

3) Check Crotch Strap, make sure the buckle actually tightens, under load.

If you need a hand, talk to to your RNLI Lifeboat station, who should have a Sea Safety Advisor who will arrange to show you how to.


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Old 16 April 2011, 06:40   #4
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Town: Stanley, Falkland Is
Boat name: Seawolf
Make: Osprey Vipermax 5.8
Length: 5m +
Engine: Etec 150
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There's a thread on here about it already with some good info on.

Mine are due to expire at the end of this year so am just ordering some new Hammar inflators now, like anything getting them here is easier said than done!!
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