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#21 raz88

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:30 PM

So back to the question posed by the OP...

 

From the SSANZ NOR 

1.8 Life jackets are to be serviced in accordance with manufacturer’s requirements and the necessary documentation available for the Safety Inspector at the time of inspection or the organising authority at the time of declaration. (YNZ SR 17.07). Documentation to be carried on board at all times.

 

If my LJ is self service - do I write a little note to say that I've done it?  Does this count?

 

Out of the collection, I have a couple of deflatable LJ's which I'd consider to be at at different ends of the spectrum: a Maxxon - tested last three years by me, no worries

 

Any idea whether the maxxon manufacturer specifies self service is OK?  I can't find anything either way online and the guys in smart marine who sell them didn't seem to have ever heard of servicing a lifejacket.


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#22 Clipper

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:39 PM

This Hutchwilco guide could be of interest to some:

 

https://www.hutchwil...et-high-res.pdf


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#23 Knot Me... maybe

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:50 PM

Any idea whether the maxxon manufacturer specifies self service is OK? 

Chinese so their instructions will be probably identical to the first set of non-asian made that pops up when you do a google search ;)

 

A self service is better than no service.


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#24 raz88

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:00 PM

The question is will that satisfy the SSANZ committee when they do their safety check.  Or my cat 3 inspector?  Both of whom are now requiring inflatable lifejackets be serviced in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.  

 

Is it reasonable to assume self service is OK in the absence of instruction from the manufacturer or retailer?  Or does no instructions mean no requirement at all?


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:05 PM

I service and sign the record in the jacket myself. Never been an issue with inspection, up to cat1
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There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:19 PM

What brand of jacket do you have IT?  The requirement from our cat 3 inspector was in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.  We have a range, some that specify self service, some that specify service by an agent, and some that don't seem to specify anything.

 

SSANZ this year were quite specific at their briefing that you must have your jackets serviced in accordance with the manufacturers requirements and they will be spot checking and throwing out boats that haven't.  I ended up buying a new jacket as the cost was comparable to having my baltic serviced.  I've self checked the baltic recently (and done thousands of offshore miles in it this year and still prefer to wear it) but the messaging from SSANZ was that it must be done in accordance with manufacturers requirements.


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#27 motorbike

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:33 PM

Well the good news is that now we know which brand to avoid to be compliant on the racetrack if we want to save money
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#28 island time

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:27 PM

I have hutchwilcos and crewsavers. Both allow self service.
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:38 AM

The cheapest place I have found for servicing is called "Wilco", they are down by the tank farm and charge $30.

https://www.wilcomarineservices.co.nz/


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:02 PM

I have hutchwilcos and crewsavers. Both allow self service.

Yup, cheap LJ's for me from here on in...


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