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Life Jackets and Boat Safety Equipment

Life Jackets and Boat Safety Equipment

Responsible water users are aware of the dangers and risks faced when out on the water. They also understand the responsibility we must protect our crew and guests, to ensure that their experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Our range of safety equipment can be viewed Here , or read on to learn a bit more about the various items of safety kit featured.

Planning

Proper planning and preparation is essential for any trip, however short. This will provide the biggest safety net of all but even the most fastidious & experienced of sailors will more likely than not encounter a situation at some point in time.

Safety at sea is best split into 2 main areas, preventative safety measures and rescue. Preventative safety measures will include planning properly for the voyage ahead. This should include highlighting and recording areas of sea where difficulty may be experienced and likely ports and boltholes should any situations arise. Ensure that you have all the necessary safety equipment aboard before your departure, including the life jackets, which are very important. All automatic gas operated safety equipment should be properly serviced and restocked.

You must also prepare your boat, which should always be made safe and secure before any trip. Check that engines and sails are well maintained and ensure the crew are aware of their responsibilities. The location of emergency equipment should be known to all aboard and how to use it. Such information will not only help you if any situations arise, but also give your crew & guests confidence that you have given their safety the utmost priority. Finally make sure the boat has the required items to enable you to effectively navigate and make safe passage.

Consider fitting a radar reflector to enhance your visibility to larger ships and commercial traffic, This will also be important if sailing at night. Ensure all your navigation lights work and carry spare bulbs and torches for emergencies.

Lifejackets

Life Jackets are essential marine wear for everyone, from experienced sailor, to novice deck-hand.

Life Jackets are available for babies, toddlers, children, teenagers and adults and all conform to CE regulations. We stock most major brands of life jacket including Plastimo, Crewsaver, Spinlock and Seago. From the basic closed cell foam versions to manual and automatic inflation models, with and without harnesses.

Life Jackets come in various styles, colours and combinations. All of them offer self-righting properties to float you face up if you are knocked unconscious for any reason.
Browse through our selection and if you need assistance in selecting a suitable jacket please do not hesitate to contact us.

Choose your life jackets carefully and ensure that they have all the features you will need.
Also consider comfort as a factor as you are less likely to want to wear an uncomfortable life jacket

Lifejacket Buoyancy

All adult life Jackets have a minimum buoyance of around 150N, this is more than adequate to keep an adult afloat in general conditions
We thoroughly recommend you look at our offers on the Spinlock Deckvests which Spinlock have created to offer maximum comfort and the highest level of safety.

To View our full selection of Lifejackets please Click Here

Buoyancy Aid Information

Buoyancy aids are different from life jackets as they do not have the buoyancy or lifesaving capabilities that life jackets must have to be classed as such. Buoyancy aids will not self-right an unconscious or immobilised person and are only designed to provide additional floatation in the marine environment and not to completely support a person in foul conditions.

Buoyancy aids come in all shapes and sizes but generally are constructed of close-cell foam covered with comfortable fabric such as nylon or neoprene. Although slightly restrictive, they are very comfortable to wear and add a degree of impact protection which is useful for those indulging in water sport activities!

Although they should never be used as life jackets they offer an additional degree of safety to any water user that is not a strong swimmer, or to those that are likely to spend a long time in the water. Designed to be used in the water as much as out of it buoyancy aids are essential items of kit for all those getting wet in the water.

To view our full selection of Buoyancy Aids please Click Here

Flares

Flares and distress signals are an essential piece of kit for any mariner. Kept in a secure watertight poly bottle these should be easily accessible should the need arise.

Flares and distress signals come in the main types.

Click Here to view our full range of flares or, please read on for information about these products and how and when they should be employed.


Hand Flares

Held at arm's length, this flare will emit a bight burning light that can be used to signal for help. Red hand flares are for distress and white signal a potential collision.

Parachute and rocket flares

These flairs are launched into the air to quickly identify your location to a passing vessel or aircraft. The parachute increases hang time thus giving you a greater chance of being spotted.

Smoke Flares

The flare is activated by pulling a pin (facing away from the wind) and throwing the whole device into the sea. The floating flare will then begin to emit a dense cloud of smoke and stain the surface of the water making you easily identifiable from the air.

Coastal and offshore packs

These packs of flairs will contain your basic kit with a selection of flares for your sailing locale. This pack will come in a water tight polybottle for storage (and the added safety of them not being accessible for accidental ignition). Often this option is cheaper than buying flares individually, or as a starter pack.
For instance, the costal pack will generally contain:
2 x Parachute or Rocket flairs
2 x Hand held flares
2 x floating orange smoke flare.

Liferaft information

Strangely enough, a lot of boat-owners only ever consider the purchase of a liferaft when contemplating safety lists provided by surveyors, often during having a boat coded or to comply with insurance stipulations. The simple fact is, if you are going to use your boat in open coastal waters, and have the space on board, then the acquisition of a liferaft should be seen as a necessity to any responsible boat-owner.

Selecting your Liferaft

The selection of your liferaft will depend on many factors, but a good starting point is the maximum number of people that would need to use it. This of course depends on the capacity of your boat, but you should realistically consider an optimum number, as they will not work properly if used by more than the specified number of people. If too few people use a liferaft, it can also be inefficient.

All life rafts we offer will automatically inflate when thrown into the water.

Click Here to view our range of liferafts.

Rescue Lines and Buoys

When somone falls overboard (we hope it will never happen) then you need some form of floation rescue secured to your yacht with floating line.

There are two main types of mon overboard rescue buoys, these are the Lifebuoy Ring and the Horse Shoe buoy.

These are designed to be flung to the overboard indervidual to provide extra floation, keep them close to the boat and aid in haling them back onboard.

They will often come with around 30m length rescue lines made from polypropeline which will not sink

To view our full range of man overboard equipments please Click Here

Valaise or Canister

Valaise or Canister

Once the liferaft size has been determined; the next main consideration is how and where the liferaft will be stored. Two storage options are available for liferafts a canister a valise. The canisters are well protected by a hard-outer shell which gives them additional protection and you the option of storing the unit on deck. With brackets and straps these can also be mounted so that they are automatically deployed if a vessel is sinking. Alternatively, if deck space is at a premium, and weight and transport of the unit are factors, the valise may prove beneficial and almost certainly cheaper.

Once you have decided the capacity of the liferaft and whether you require a valise or canister, the choices get a little more confusing. Obviously, there is a choice of manufacturer, various suppliers may offer advantages in performance or equipment. Usually the features and compliance with regulations are denoted by their relative conformities and labelling (ISO/ISAF/ORC/SOLAS).

Other factors to bear in mind when making your decision are as follows:

Ease of rescue - depending on your cruising grounds and the anticipated use of your boat you will require the ability to sustain the people on board for minutes, hours or days. This will affect the type of raft you may purchase, though often, additional equipment and bags are available to upgrade the status of your liferaft, as long as the basic features are there. Regulations - If you are considering or going through the coding process or any other regulatory authority approval, you will probably be aware of the requirements you need. Essentially, the equipment and construction of the liferaft will be approved to a specific level, usually ISO (9650-1 & 9650-2) or SOLAS B, with additional equipment necessary for units where survival capabilities for more than 24 hours are needed.

It is of course needless to say that the more equipment you have the better equipped you are to deal with situations. Consider not only the cost of purchasing, but that of servicing, weight & usefulness of the items you carry.

Hopefully, a liferaft is one of those things you will purchase from us that you will never need to use but will be glad it is there. The re-assurance it will offer and its capabilities are worth it's purchase price.
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