|Not mine, picture from here... |
other lifejackets are available
I'd originally been given four of them by my sister (who at the time was working for a marine brokerage company) when I first got "Papillon", and very thankful I was; basically they were surplus to the brokerage's requirements being too old for them to continue using them, but they were damn useful to me...
I decided to start with two of them - the one's I use most..
They are Remploy Commodore II manual inflatable life jackets... no longer made (hence non-picture!)
Label in the sleeve of the vest says they were made in March 1997 - I suspect that this is the first time they've been serviced...
Funnily enough one of the main things that had stopped me from doing the servicing before was a concern that I wouldn't be able to fold them up again once I had completed (!) the service.. foolish... but in the end the nagging in the back of my head that they just wouldn't work in an actual emergency overcame all and I did them..
For anyone coming along after me, the following provides a view of what I found/did etc., oh, and it was of course much easier than I thought!
1/. On mine, like most jackets, the inner bladders are retained in place, and protected, by an outer cover - blue - with a zip fastening... the idea being that the zip comes undone if you pull the toggle (that's the "manual" bit as other life jackets can be automatic). Undo the zip, unroll/unfold the inner bladder (making a rough mental note of how they are folded)
2/. Two things should be apparent - first a gas cannister (looks like a mini gas bottle) on one side which will be attached to some kind of trigger mechanism.
In mine the the activation system for the gas cannister is one of these:
|Halkey Roberts - model 840|
The red semi circle indicates the safety pin is out - the safety pin is a green plastic "drawing pin" with a head that sits inside the semi circle - the pin stops you accidentally pulling down the trigger, but doesn't stop you doing it in earnest!
Top view of the Halkey Roberts