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Inflatable Life Vests, Jackets (PFDs)

Inflatable PFDs come with a number of features that help tailor the vests design to the end-user. The primary choices to be made are between the manual or automatic / manual inflation system. Automatic / Manual inflation systems work when the PFD is submerged in water (not spray) and they also use the manual pull cord as a backup to inflate the PFD in situations where you want it already inflated before getting into the water. A Manual only system is useful for water sports like kayaking or canoeing where you might get wet, but do not want the PFD to fill on its own. The downside to a manual only system is that it will not inflate unless you pull the cord. All inflatables come with some sort of oral inflation tube that will supplement the manual or automatic / manual system.

Inflatable PFDs are also available with or without a harness system. If you are in an enviroment where you might be washed off a boat, as in cruising offshore, you will want a harness so that you may secure yourself to the boat.

One size fits all – well almost. You will need to be 16 and a minimum of 80 pounds to wear an inflatable PFD. The Coast Guard also takes the position that non-swimmers should not wear this type of PFD.

Guide to Inflatable Lifejackets and Vests – PFDs.

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Safe Boating

The Southeast Missourian offers solid advice to all boaters, across the nation. The primary areas of public concern are divided between the needs of sunscreen and the usage of PFDs.

In the Sun

Brenda Freed, public educator for Scott County Health Department offers these recommendations; apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, sunscreen should be applied even in cloudy weather and “Often times we fail to reapply sunscreen after we get in the water. It’s recommended to reapply every two hours, especially if you’re in the water”.

“It’s very important for parents to stress sun safety when their children are young and continue to practice that because it’s one of the keys to preventing skin cancer,” Freed added.

Anchor Shade II - Sun Umbrella - use on the boat or the beach

Along with sunscreen, staying in the shade will offer relief from the harmful rays of the sun. On a boat, shade is hard to come by unless you provide your own in the form of a Bimini Top or Anchorshade. Beyond preventing sunburn, some cover also reduces the chance of dehydration.

Sherry Brethold, health and safety director of American Red Cross’ Southeast Missouri Chapter, offers “”If working in the heat, stay replenished with lots of fluids. Many people drink tea or caffeine, but it’s bad for you during the hot season because it dehydrates you faster than if you drink water, lemonade or even Kool-Aid”.

On the Water

The Best Choice for Children

To be safe on and in the water, there are several steps that a boater can take to increase their chances of enjoying this summer; and many to come. Through the entire summer, there is story after story told about the accidental drowning of both young and old while out on the water. The single best prevention of this type of incident is wearing a USCG approved PFD.

In addition to children wearing a PFD, “Adults should practice ‘reach supervision,’ which means to be within arm’s length of a child in case an emergency occurs.” said Aidan Marshall, aquatics coordinator at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston.

Inflatable Life Vests, PFD's - Great Choice for Adults

There are several types of PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices) for children and adults. The most comfortable PFD for many boating activities and wide range of temperatures is an inflatable PFD, but they are not approved for use on individuals under 80 pounds or under 16 years of age. Smaller children should wear an approved PFD with a ‘between the leg’ safety strap. Many States require anyone under the age of 13 on a boat, dock or in the water to wear an approved flotation device.

Sherry Brethold ultimately offers this advice “Proper gear should also be worn. Kids — and even adults — who are not strong swimmers or who appear to rely on inflatable toys [meaning water wings, rings and the like] for safety should use U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) whenever they are in or around the water”.

Rescue Swimmer Lowered to 3 on Capsized Catamaran

Catamaran Capsized – 3 saved by EPIRB & USCG

The USCG Group Humbolt Bay rescued 3 from the 32-foot catamaran, Cataylist on Saturday July 3rd, 2010. The vessel was transiting from Crescent City to Alameda, California, when it encountered rough sea conditions as reported in D11.USCGNews.com.

The crew activated the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) in stormy seas, just minutes before a set of massive waves capsized the vessel, with 50 knot winds and 20 foot + waves knocked the boat completely upside down, pinning all three underneath.

Once the EPIRB was activated, the USCG used the registration information from the beacon to contact the family of the vessel’s crew. The crew had left a float plan with the family. The float plan information included a description of the boat, number of passengers aboard, a description of the safety equipment aboard, destination and estimated time of arrival.

“The float plan allowed us to confirm information about the vessel, create a better plan and expedite our search,” said Lt. George Suchanek, an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter pilot that responded to the call.

After escaping the overturned vessel, the three crew members were clinging to the hull while in the frigid Pacific waters 20 miles off Fort Bragg on the Northern California coast. The US Coast Guard helicopter was able to home in on the signal given by the EPIRB and retrieve the crew with the help of a rescue swimmer, hoisting them aboard the helicopter. All three sailors were showing signs of hypothermia.

EPIRBs & Personal Locators

“That EPIRB saved their lives,” stated USCG Lt. George Suchanek.

PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons) and EPIRB’s (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) offer a measure of safety when all else has gone wrong. The ability to be found alive and fast can make the difference between life or death when in the cold waters of an unforgiving storm.

An EPIRB‘s signal can be turned on in an emergency to transmit the GPS position and identity of the vessel along with other information to a network of satellites orbiting the earth. The USCG monitors all EPIRB activations.

For the full length Video’s from the USCG, see below.

Video-Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay units rescue three from overturned sailboat

Video-Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay units rescue three from overturned sailboat part 2

H.O. Bostrom Seats smooth out the ride!

Fishermen, recreational boaters, commercial operators and passengers just along for the ride, may have a variety of expectations, purposes and uses for boat seats. Marine seats must be able to withstand the salt water, harsh weather, rough waves and the sun’s UV rays. In addition, the mounting system of these seats must endure through a number of stresses that it is exposed to while in motion. 

Boaters shopping for a seat at the helm may consider H.O. Bostrom’s SeaPost Marine Pilot Helm Seat, which offers ergonomic support for comfort and complete adjustability. As opposed to traditional console seats, which offer three inches of height adjustment, the marine helm seat offers six inches of travel. In addition, a standard fold-up footrest is available with three height positions. 

SeaPost Pacifica Seat, w/ Torsion 380 Mechanical Suspension

The SeaPost Pacifica Seat with Torsion 380 mechanical suspension differentiates itself with a shock-absorbing pedestal system that can preserve a captain’s comfort over rough seas and can support operators weighing up to 275 pounds. Like many of H.O. Bostrom’s marinized seats, this model is composed of internal padding covered in a urethane skin that will not absorb water. 

Finally, the SeaPost Boat seat is durable and long-lasting; it comes with a 5 year manufacture warranty.

Riviera 43 Open Flybridge

At the Sydney International Boat Show on July 29, the Australian pleasure boat-maker, Riviera, will reveal its latest model, the 43 Open Flybridge.

Riviera’s CEO, John Anderson, anticipates a successful release, as the company’s most recent models have all been well received on the pleasure boating market, BYM News reports.

“The sales performance of our new models, including the 5800 Yacht, 5000 Sport Yacht, 51 with IPS and now the 43 with IPS have all generated a significant volume of sales,” Anderson told the news source.

The vessel includes sleeping accommodations for up to six people in two large cabins. The Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) is designed for greater fuel economy and lower exhaust levels.

Barr Exhaust System Parts by Engine Make

Managing boat exhaust is a consideration of many boaters, from yachters to captains of smaller powerboats. The manifold collects exhaust gasses from the engine’s cylinder, cools the gasses with water, and pushes them through an exhaust hose, outside the stern.

Generic exhaust manifolds bought for a V8 or V6 engine are sold in sets, including both right- and left-handed models. Boats with ‘straight’ engines of 3, 4 or 6 cylinders usually contain a single manifold and riser located near the top and along the cylinder bank.

These smaller boats can use generic or aftermarket exhaust manifolds to replace a vessel’s original equipment.

SeaPost Pacifica Seat, w/ Torsion 380 Mechanical Suspension

H.O. Bostrom is widely considered to offer the highest quality of boat seats regardless of the size of one’s seacraft or boating needs. Their seats often come with an array of features, including adjustable risers, foot rests and heights of suspension. H.O Bostroms seats are used in all forms of commercial service, from; tugboats, fire trucks, offroad loaders to buses.

This popular manufacturer’s latest line of marine seats is the SeaPost Pacifica Seat with Torsion 380 mechanical suspension. The shock-absorbing pedestal system that comes standard on this model allows for a high level of comfort and support on rough waters. A built-in damper provides for four inches of shock absorption during travel. In addition, a high-strength torsion bar suspension system can be adjusted to suit passengers weighing between 110 and 275 pounds.

These seats are tested to withstand the harsh elements and environment that boaters sometimes encounter. The internal foam that comprises the seat is covered by a urethane skin that is resistant to water. In addition, H.O. Bostrom’s multi-coat marine finishing system on all metal gives the seats a high-caliber corrosion resistance. The patented H.O. Bostrom adjustable riser can be used to adjust the height of the seat between three and six inches.