PFDs and red ties

Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
Brand: Yamaha Hutchwilco
Type: Inflatable Life Jacket
Number: 150N
Version: Manual
Weight: 750g
Cost: NZ$140 approx
CO2 Cartridge Weight: 33g

Rearm Kit Manual 33g 150N Cost: NZ$30 approx

  • Must be worn over clothing as the outer layer.
  • Twice the buoyancy of a conventional life jacket.
  • Simple front buckle system, adjust it to a snug fit
  • Pull cord activation
  • Puts you quickly onto your back position when inflated
  • Has an oral inflation pipe to blow up the jacket without the need for a cartridge
  • Not recommended for children under 16 years of age or non swimmers.
  • One size fits all
  • Certified by Maritime New Zealand, Yachting New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Authority.

This is what we use on the boat.
It is comfortable to wear, doesn’t hinder movement and looks good.
We haven’t needed to inflate the life jacket. We haven’t ended up in the water.
To use them they need to be worn and you need to be known how to inflate and maintain them otherwise they are just vests nothing more.

User Manual (4 pages)
150N Australian User Guide  (651 KB) PDF

*When entering the water cross your arms over your jacket.
This type is a MANUAL inflatable life jacket so that if you land in the water you still need to PULL the red pull cord for the jacket to inflate.
Once an inflatable life jacket has been activated it needs to have a new CO2 cartridge.
Inflation in extreme cold weather will cause the life jacket to less buoyant.
The life jacket does not prevent hypothermia.

The automatic version automatically inflates if you land in water, the tamper clip connected to the CO2 cartridge will disintegrate and in turn inflate the jacket and send you to the surface. If it gets very wet it may set off the mechanism to inflate, so the automatic type might not be the best if you are out in rough weather, rafting, sailing.

(UPDATE:
I watched a DVD about NZ Water Safety last night and I couldn’t count the number of times “WEAR A LIFE JACKET” was repeated throughout. The number of accidental deaths that could have been avoided by wearing a life jacket were numerous.
Even today I saw in the local online newspaper that someone had drowned at a marina falling off a boat. And the sea was calm today. All it takes is a moment.
I can count the number of times I have hit my head on the entry to the cabin. I know now to duck but sometimes the timing is off or there is a wave. Accident prone people should wear life jackets at all times too.)

REMEMBER:
Wipe salt off the life jacket with a damp fresh water cloth.
If corrosion is present on the CO2 cartridge it may need replacing.
Store away from direct sunlight or excessive heat
A loosely fitting life jacket can come off so make sure it fits snugly to your body

  • For sailing I will look for a different life jacket. What PFD do you wear when you go sailing?
  • Have you ever needed to use the manual inflatable life jacket? Did it do the job well?
  • Have you ever changed the CO2 cartridge yourself?
  • If you have time would you inflate it before or after you jump into the water?  What would you do?
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