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Old 06-06-2019, 03:17 PM   #1
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Inflatable life vest check?

Have you checked yours recently? My 7 year old unit fired off today. It was in a dry space, 80 degrees. Reading up on these, the bobbin and cartridge should be replaced every 3 years, less than $25 on Amazon. If you donít replace it you should try the manual inflator to be sure it holds air.
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:45 PM   #2
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The bobbin has an expiration date, usually three years. The cartridge will last until punctured. In addition you should inflate the vest (orally) at least once a year. Let it sit inflated for at least 24 hours to insure it will hold air. During that time check all straps etc for damage. The re-fold the vest and out it away again for a year.
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Two Mustang inflatables came with our boat. They were 1 year past their 5 year expiration date. To test, the gf and I put them on and jumped in the water. Success 2 for 2. I left them inflated for 3 days to check for leaks. All good. Re-arm kits were ~$65 ea and easy to install - youtube video. A big plus of this is the gf is comfortable with the technology and knows it will work. Also, how to manually inflate. Next time - 5 years from now - we will jump in the water to test them again - then replace them. The Mustangs are comfortable, so they get worn at the slightest provocation.
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If you jumped into salt water be sure you rinsed them well and allowed them to dry before repacking.
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