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Old 07-13-2008, 12:52 PM
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Default Self-Inflating Life Jackets

I have some self inflating life jackets that have the automatic inflating bobin feature and also the manual 'pull-cord'. Twice, this year, the tiny green pin that holds the manual pull-cord closed has broken and through stowing or rearranging items in my bulkhead, the manual feature activated and the jackets self inflated. In fact, I even broke one of the pins trying to replace the old one. These are West Marine jackets and the pin is so fragile, that it takes very little pressure to break it ($19 to replace pin and CO2 cartridge each time this happens). So...on breaking the last one, I decided to tie a piece of 4# monofilament through where the green pin goes. This seems to be a bit sturdier than the green pin, but with a smart tug of the pull-cord, the line breaks easily and the CO2 cartridge is punctured. Just a quick tip to anyone who has faced repeated 'recharges' due to failure of the pin.
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As to your personal modification, just remember that the self-inflating jackets/vests will most likely not be considered as "legal" by the CG or other water police authorities.
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thanks for that ! I was thinking of buying 2 west marine self inflating jackets. I'll still have the number of "legally required" firm lifevests (whatever they're called LOL - the ones that come with the coast guard kit) but if I do go to the self inflating I may try your modification. Its a pity that something so expensive needs juryrigging to work properly !
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I recently bought 4 of those from WM; nice to know of the potential problem and the solution.

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Auto with Manual Backup or full Manual PFD's are considered PFD's but ONLY if they are being worn (all the time). I love my West Marine manual TypeV's which I just picked up while on vacation in Nags Head, got them for $59.00 each. They do also make an off shore version and they too are considered PFD's so long as they are being worn. If they are tossed in a cabin or under a seat they are not life jackets.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:07 PM
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Yep, I undestand the CG may not consider this jacket in my overall jacket count if it's been modified. I always have more regular PFDs on board than I do passengers, but I find that I'll actually wear the Auto Inflating PFD. I figure even my modified PFD is better than a stowed one if I'm wearing it...and I'm more likely to wear if the green pin hasn't broken and it's self inflated in my bulkead. Not necessarily advising anyone else to make this fix, but it seems to be a bit more sturdy than the green pin that has broken on my 2x.
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I haven't broken a pin yet, but when mine are not in use they are on the original coat hangers on a wall hanger in the cabin. I don't think I will run into this issue because I treat them very gingerly (I know those pins break easy!)

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When I first got my Stearns inflatable, I familiarized myself with it. I had the bottle off and gave what I thought was a slight tug on the rip-cord to test the resistance. Well... I was pleased to know I wont have to fight for my life with that little piece of plastic but I was annoyed that I had lost that safety piece. lol. I used the plastic strip that held a label tag to a shirt I had just bought until I got a spare arming kit.

Someone at WalMArt got a little over enthusiastic at their clearance sale 2 years ago and I picked up 5 kits at $4 each. I think I went in for Tums or something but it pays to browse sometimes.
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I have had 2 of the Sospenders auto/manual inflates for 5 years. They have stayed on the boat and I have had intentions of wearing them full time when just the wife and I are onboard. I for sure wear them at night when she goes to the cabin to sleep or if I have to go to the bow of my express cabin. When not in use I keep one in the overhead electronics box and one stashed with the other type I's in the hard top.

The reason for all the info above is to point out that one of the PFD's has been moved around a lot and has never accidentally inflated. That is until last month when I loaned them to my son in law. One was inflated manually and one inflated from tipping over in a kayak. I just bought 2 re-arm kits from WM for $56.

One thing that I noted when reading the re-arm instructions is that the auto-inflate bobbin should be replaced every year for rec boats and 6 months for commercial. One of mine did auto-inflate at 5 years. I also actuated the manual release one one. That little plastic pin breaks easily.

PS I wonder if the if the break away safety wire the use on airplanes would work?
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Have had that same problem a few times. I only wear these life jackets when running miles off shore so when we get on site they are taken off and stowed properly, but sometimes they do get kicked around and set off.
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