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Old 19-11-2010, 02:09   #1
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What to Do with Old Lifejackets ?

Rimfire came with a stack of lifejackets. I have scrubbed up three of the best to get the mold and grunge off and they look great. Problem is, they are compliant to Australian 1512 but don't have "PFD 1" marked on them. So . . . , I has bin doing sum readink:

I felt so relieved when I read quote (1) in the gov'ment rules.

quote (1)
"Q. Do I need to upgrade?

A. No. Personal flotation devices made to the
old standards will be acceptable for use into
the foreseeable future."


Ah, my lifejackets may not be the latest standard but they are to old standards. Silly me kept reading and was depressed when I read quote (2).

quote (2)
"Q. My jacket is marked lifejacket and has a
Standards Australia mark as shown including the
number 1512. Is it okay to use?

A. Sorry, you'll have to replace this one.
As this jacket does not display PFD type 1, PFD
type 2 or PFD type 3 it indicates that the jacket
was made to comply to a standard that was
superseded in 1988 and does not comply with
current requirements."

Government information
http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/~/media/31923105-788d-44af-9a51-5a8e1550a70d/pdf_mib_lifejacket_pfd_faqs.pdf


Oh dear, my old lifejackets are useless as lifejackets.

What to do with them?

Practice ManOverboard techniques when I really hated that crewmember and have no intention of going back.

Practice bowfishing with them, pretending they are puffer fish.

Pull the kapok out of them and make pillows or a comfy cat bed.

Leave them in storage so when I sell the boat I too can list it as having stacks of lifejackets.

Wear them as fancy dress.

Any other ideas?
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Old 19-11-2010, 02:21   #2
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Unfortunately the very American solution (which involves something called a 12-gauge) is generally not available in Oz
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i use mine as seats in my dinghy
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Unfortunately the very American solution (which involves something called a 12-gauge) is generally not available in Oz
Ya, tis available to some so . . . . Wonder if my pig shooting friend wants to try a day sailing .
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i use mine as seats in my dinghy
With some ingenuity, I could probably make an armchair with footrest out of the ones I have, though then it could be hard for me to row my dinghy.
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