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37 minutes ago, Andrewcook said:

How long can you keep Life Jackets for? Do they come under the BSS checks. ?  What types of good Life Jackets can you to get ? 

Life jackets aren’t fixed to the boat, so aren’t part of the BSS.  If you have self inflating ones, they should be of adequate size to hold up your weight, fit correctly and ideally have a crotch strap, although some don’t.  There is a ‘use by’ date on the gas canister (similar to those used in a soda siphon) that inflates the jacket when either immersed or the ‘ripcord’ is pulled.  If the life jacket hasn’t been deployed, yet the canister is out of date, it and the actuator should be replaced.

The jackets aren’t (as far as I know) dated, but should be replaced if damaged, but are repack-able if deployed, with a replacement gas canister and actuator.

Ours are Seago branded, although others are available.

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Lj's are nowt to do with bss, auto jackets usually have 4 year expiry on the action but best checked annually at least, also a manual inflation once a year (by pump not mouth) and leave 24 hours to check for deflation. 

@Mouldy manual actuator never go out of date it's just the bottle needs checking, most just check for corrosion and weigh.

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