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Inflatable pfd maintenance

skennellyskennelly Member Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭✭
How often should we be replacing the arming kit on these things?  I've read every 2 years and replace the entire jacket after 10?

Does the arming mechanism go bad?
2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3

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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Most have an indicator showing if the canister still has pressure. Individual makers likely have recommendations. Don't know if there's a USCG rule in it or not.
    Mine are 5 years old and still showing green on the indicators.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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    skennellyskennelly Member Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah mine too still show green.  Was wondering if the dissolving triggers get old and not function properly.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Don't think so. They're basically like an Al a Seltzer tab. Gets wet and dissolves. If it was bad they'd leak.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Having said all that I do know lots of people that after two to three years they intentionally jump in to get a feel on how they work and then replace the cartridge and trigger. As for the jacket itself, as ling as no tears or rips or excessive UV damage I think you're good for quite a while. 
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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    skennellyskennelly Member Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭✭
    Okay.  Cool.  I was going to manually inflate them this weekend and give a good once over.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Most are not 100% tight and over tome will begin to lose air which is with that have a blow tube to keep full if in water for extended period of time. 
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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    Dream_InnDream_Inn Member, Moderator Posts: 7,594 mod
    Willhound said:
    Having said all that I do know lots of people that after two to three years they intentionally jump in to get a feel on how they work and then replace the cartridge and trigger. As for the jacket itself, as ling as no tears or rips or excessive UV damage I think you're good for quite a while. 
    Exactly our plan this spring.  I bought replacement cartridge and trigger...just waiting for warmer spring water! :)

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

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    Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Member Posts: 5,439 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great idea to wear one and test it.  Let’s you know how they work. 

    As for the CO2 cartridges: they have an expiration date on them. 

    Past owner of a 2003 342FV
    PC BYC, Holland, MI
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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As for the CO2 cartridges: they have an expiration date on them. 
    I might have known that and forgot. Thanks. Will have to check mine.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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