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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Life Jacket - Check !

    Hi Guys

    I was at GAC yesterday the RNLI stand got me thinking when did i last check my life jacket ?...................

    We all know its one of those things we should all do at the start of each season but often can't be bothered !

    Let's face it your going to feel a bit of a plonker if it fails when you need it ! not to mention being DEAD puts an end to your fishing FOR EVER !

    My Jacket Manual Pull type.




    Unfold the velcro and open it out to expose the Co2 bottle mine's 33g , check the jacket over , remove the bottle weigh it ? If its the same weight its fine i.e hasn't leaked

    Put the bottle back.

    Now using the mouth inflation blow up your jacket and leave it over night to see if there's any leaks. If all's well push in the non return valve in and deflate squeezing out all the air and stow it.

    My jacket inflated by mouth to test for leaks.



    It passed

    Stephen

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    Exclamation Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    SOOOO YES!!!!!!!!

    People, People, People ..... You only have to be 'wrong' once.

    Fred Evans
    Last edited by fredaevans; 30-09-2012 at 06:46 PM.
    Fred Evans - White City, Oregon

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Have mine 4 years and never thought of that till now
    thanks for the info

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Good idea Stephen

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    I bought an automatic vest for my daughter and when I checked it at home the gas cylinder was 5 years out of date!!!!!!

    You can imagine my rage when I took it back to the retailer.
    He then said it wasn't his problem and refered me to the makers.
    Feckk that said I, you replace it.
    That particulair model was out of date and no longer available he informed me.
    "well you will just have to upgrade it for me" said I.
    He mumped and groaned until I lost the rag and was going to stick one on his chin.
    The manufacturers got in touch and sent me a brand new up to date one.
    Last edited by maharg; 30-09-2012 at 09:53 PM.
    It is in truth not glory,nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting,but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with his life.(Declaration of Arbroath, 1320)

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Thanks for the reminder.
    You must lose a fly to catch a trout. George Herbert

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Thanks to your thread that's mine checked .

    John

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    an excellent post ,one that could so easily save someone's life ,like mine, being unable to swim and i have never checked mine, i have asked admin if they can make this a stickie as it is worthy of it

    nice one Stephen
    WHEN YOU LEAVE THE RIVER, TAKE NOTHING, AND LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINT'S!!!

    THA CAN TELL A YORKSHIREMAN ,BUT THA CAN'T TELL HIM MUCH !!

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    Great post.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Checked mine the other day before a winter pike fishing boat trip to the Norfolk broads. Glad I did, the CO2 cartridge was empty and the bladder had a split in it when inflated manually!!!!
    I got a new one with 10% discount from England's because I am an Angling Trust member. Glad I never fell in with the old one as I would have got a nasty shock!

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