Life Jackets & Vests

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The lifejacket for boat, an essential and obligatory accessory

Accessory mandatory for all trips at sea, the choice of your life jacket should not be done lightly. For example, be careful not to confuse it with the buoyancy aid which, as the name suggests, will help you float in the water but will not allow you to be flipped over if you loss of consciousness.

The different types of lifejacket

There are two types of lifejackets, the foam vest and the inflatable vest. As effective as the other, the inflatable vest is recommended for regular use because it will give you greater freedom of movement. Among the inflatable lifejackets two mechanisms are available: manual triggering and automatic.

• The main advantage of the manual vest is that it is not subject to nuisance tripping because only you are able to operate it. However, it will not start if the castaway is already unconscious at the time of the fall.

• The automatic vest, considered safer, ensures the trigger, even in case of unconsciousness. It is in fact the contact with the water which makes actuate the bottle of CO2. However unlike the manual vest, it only needs a big wave or even moisture to trigger. There are two mechanisms: the pellet, often salt or cellulose, which breaks up in contact with water and the hydrostatic, or Hammar system, which works under pressure.

Now that you know the different types of lifejackets on the market, you can choose according to your weight, your morphology (woman, man, child) and the activity you will perform with.

Explanation of lifejacket standards

The manufacture of lifejackets is governed by strict security regulations. The latter is indicated in Newton (N) which represents the buoyancy force. There are four main standards to consider when buying your vest.

• NF EN ISO 12402-5 standard: refers to 50N buoyancy aids. For good swimmers, these vests do not allow the turnaround and can only be used in protected waters with nearby rescue.

• NF EN ISO 12402-4 standard: for 100N lifejackets. For swimmers, these vests do not guarantee the turning of a person wearing heavy clothing and are to be used in protected or indoor waters.

• NF EN ISO 12402-3 standard: for 150N vests. For swimmers and non-swimmers, they can be used in all waters.

• Standard NF EN ISO 12402-2: for 275N vests. For everyone, they can be worn on the high seas and in extreme conditions.

Also check that your vest is equipped with a light source, whether electrical or chemical (Cyalume), capable of lighting for a minimum of 12 hours. Your vest must also have a whistle. We also advise you to buy a vest that has reflective strips.

How to maintain your vest?

Worn every time you go out to sea, your life jacket is confronted with the marine elements that use it as you go. In order to prolong its life, we advise you to rinse it with fresh water after each use, to store it in a dry place and especially to carry out a tactile and visual control regularly.