There should be jail time involved when a manufacturer markets substandard safety equipment
. Are there no safety
standards set by a governing body in each country of use, or in this case EU approved?
The prudent mariner should be willing to pay a fair price
for an approved safety
product. I have no safety device aboard which isn’t U.S. Coast Guard Approved. The prudent mariner should also thoroughly inspect every piece of safety equipment
before it is put aboard, and once again on an annual basis, at the minimum.
I enter all my tests in the ships log to ensure proof of due diligence and to act as a list for subsequent years.