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    Posted: 09 November 2017 at 4:59pm
Originally posted by snowy snowy wrote:

The servicing of a life jacket is quite simple but I can fully understand why people would want it done professionally. .......Alternatively pay you local chandlery to do it for you!

Some RNLI stations used to have lifejacket maintenance sessions. You take the spares along but they are on hand to advise. All for a donation - not sure ion they still do it but if enough were interested I'm sure they would put one on. 
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my auto life jkt is ordered   this life jkt chat has reminded me of an incident   about 5 years ago a mate a commercial   chap was getting out of his boat into the tender when he slipped into langstone harbour as luck would have it he ended up under his upturned tender his auto jkt inflated   trapping him under   his tender talk about panic every time he tried to get under and out his life jkt stopped him after a couple of mins   struggling and panicking he calmed down enough   to   push his tender up and   get out where he could shout for help which he got and ended up stripped naked on the shore   and taken to qa hospital hard to belive but true
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Andy
Good tips.
I just take the easy route although I do check them during the year for anything obvious.The key point you make is to CHECK that they will work as when they don't it will be when you need it to.

Thanks for suggestion re gas bottle - will do that as makes a lot of sense.
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The servicing of a life jacket is quite simple but I can fully understand why people would want it done professionally.

From what I can see you inflate the bladder manually and leave it overnight to ensure it is still airtight.

Then check all around, especially the gas canister and housing and look for corrosion. If there is any then change all the affected parts, all are readily available online. Check all the webbing straps for wear or damage. Lastly replace the gas canister, with a small amount of marine grease around the thread, and the battery in the light.

Another tip I was taught is to wrap the gas bottle and where it meets the trigger mechanism with insulation tape. It keeps it dry and free from corrosion.

Check everything works and moves freely and then carefully repack the lifejacket.

Alternatively pay you local chandlery to do it for you!
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Ray - I have Seasafe 150 (12402 -3) Automatic with crutch strap, auto light & spray hood which can be added into the jacket.www.seasafe.co.uk

Some other points for all- apologies if sucking eggs etc:

As you say the EPRB is small and mine is on my life jacket belt as is my waterproof handheld radio which is on other side (have lanyard for more reach if needed). Boat DSC radio is on general channels such as 77 and handheld on 16 so can listen to coastguard. If I am in the water & conscious I can use radio to aid rescue and am already on CH 16.

The reason for automatic inflation, & light is obvious but I learnt from my sea survival course how important a crutch strap &the spray hood are. SH reduces the risk of swallowing sea water. All costs a bit more but what price a life.

Also get you life jackets checked & serviced regularly. I once did all my 4 (non charter) a year later than should have & on inspection they found one of the older ones deflated when in the water due to a tiny hole in the bladder (I think from a hook). It would have been no good if someone had been wearing it!

The message has reminded me that I need to send 2 of mine in to Seasafe Via Force 4 in Chi which is one of their drop off points. You can find where on:www.seasafe.co.uk/lifejacketservicing

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After reading these experiences, I will seriously think about wearing my jacket until I get back to the car. I often fish alone and set off or get back when no one else is about
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glad to hear your ok andy im sure   others on here will learn from the near death tale auto life jacket    on the xmas list good point dave   about the plb   now I do use mine the wife got it me a few years ago and its   tiny   I just thread it on belt so its   not in the way   anyone   got any ideas on the most   comfy light weight auto jackets please
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Blimey Andy, That was a nasty one. Very glad that you survived to tell the tale. And many thanks for posting it as it makes a good reminder that accidents can and do happen.

I've never seen any stats on it but I bet most accidents, like falling in, happen near moorings, logical I suppose.
 
I posted my stupid experience a few years ago but here it is again.
January, freezing, about 6.30pm so dark. Had just come in and cleaned up. My two mates went on with the trolley and I locked up. 
I have no idea how it happened really, but I walked along the pontoon and turned right onto the ramp, except the ramp wasn't there! I'd turned right a yard too early and stepped right off the edge of the pontoon. The only explanation I can think of was that my specs were splashed with water from hosing down, and the pontoon light might have dazzled me (no, I definitely hadn't been drinking!)
I called out to my mates who ran back - straight past me, as they couldn't see me below the pontoon.
I grabbed the edge of it and heaved myself out with their help, but as Andy says, three layers of fleece makes swimming impossible and heaving yourself out very difficult.
And was I wearing my life jacket? Of course not! We'd been wearing them all day but taken them off to leave on the boat, ready for the next trip.
So now, especially if I'm on my own, I try to persuade myself to keep it on till I'm on dry land. 
Andy's experience adds a lot of weight to the argument!
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Plenty of food for thought there, thanks for sharing. Andy - so pleased to hear that you are okay.

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Clothing was another issue. Trying to climb out in a soaked hoodie under a heavy fleece with two wellingtons filled with water was not easy even though I had managed to drop the dive ladder on the back of my boat. One of the other guys that helped me commented on the enormous weight of the soaked clothing.
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