New Products October 2013

We have two new products on our web site.

The first is a 90′ rope bag for use with a life ring.  It is made from rugged Cordura fabric and has 90 feet of 3/8″ yellow poly stowed inside. The Cordura bag protects the rope from UV deterioration (other than the end which protrudes and is attached to your life ring). The other end of the rope is spliced to the black polyester webbing at the top of the bag.

This bag provides a simple and neat way to stow a life line and since we produce it in house the price is very attractive.

CHECK OUT THE 90′ ROPE BAG

Since we were busy with our sewing machine we have also produced a storage bag for our 5:1 lifting tackle. This is something customers have been asking for and we have used the same rugged Cordura fabric to protect the tackle and its orange color makes it easy to locate. With a flat bottom this bag will sit upright when loaded with the 5:1 lifting tackle. The draw string closure with cord lock keeps everything in place until you need it. We have used a cord lock that is all plastic- no parts to rust, since this type of gear tends to be stowed in damp locations.spesifikasi android

CHECK OUT THE LIFTING TACKLE BAG

EPIRB or PLB?

Boaters ask me if they should purchase an EPIRB or PLB. In the past I have gone through the technical differences between the two beacons without highlighting the one important difference. Then I received an email from an individual who I had loaned my personal PLB and actually had to use it when his boat sank. His message said that at 10:30 the boat sank and they turned the beacon on. At 11:00 they remembered to ‘pull the antenna out which they had forgotten about’. The USCG did not receive notification of their distress until after the antenna had been deployed. At 12:00 they saw the Coast Guard helicopter that had been deployed to rescue them. The great news is they survived the ordeal but as with most disasters there are things we can learn.

Ocean Signal rescueME Personal Locator Beacon
Ocean Signal rescueME Personal Locator Beacon

The main thing I learned is the most important difference between and EPIRB’s and PLB’s. With an EPIRB when you put it in the water (after taking it out of its bracket) it starts transmitting. There are no other steps and the antenna is already deployed.

GME EPIRB

When we get in high stress situations it is easy to forget things. The military trains its troops until actions become second nature but we don’t have the time or patience to do that for all of our safety equipment. Simplicity becomes the key and in this case and EPIRB would have shaved 30 minutes off of the rescue time. If this sinking had happened in cold water, 30 minutes could be the difference between life and death.

From now on when a boating customer asks if they should purchase an EPIRB or PLB, my answer is going to be an EPIRB.

Where was this taken?- Joe’s post #2

German-24While in Europe Joe ended up in the possession of some film taken by a German. This is one of the images and looking at the others on the film strips it was taken somewhere in North Africa. You can see the  port on the left hand side of the picture so I assume we are looking East. Does anyone know where this was taken?

 

German-25Maybe this will help.

We really don’t know, any help would be appreciated.

 

Winslow UltraLight Life Raft gets reviewed

Boat U.S. reviewed Winslow’s UltraLight life raft at the Annapolis Boat Show. The review starts at 1:44 in to the video.

 

Our web page on the Winslow UltraLight life raft has both pricing and technical specifications. This is a great life raft for coastal cruising and can be packed in many different configurations.

 

Hydrotesting Worthington SCUBA cylinders

Worthington’s steel X-Series cylinders are becoming more an more popular in the SCUBA industry. While they might be great for the user they are a nightmare for hydrotest facilities. These cylinders are governed by the US Department of Transportation Special Permit number 14157 commonly referred to as SP-14157. This special permit “authorizes the manufacture, marking, sale and use” of these cylinders.

While we as a hydrotest facility need to deal with all of the technical parts of the SP, users must worry about the “use” section.

  • You must have the cylinder requalified (hydrotested) every 5 years. This is not a big deal, all cylinders require requalification.
  • “A current copy of the special permit must be maintained at each facility where the cylinder is offered for transportation.” This is not a requirement if you transport the cylinder in your personal car but does apply if it is in a company vehicle or is being transported commercially.
  • “Under no circumstance are these cylinders to be filled to a pressure exceeding the marked service pressure at 70 degrees F.”
  • “MODES OF TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZED: Motor vehicle, rail freight, cargo vessel and cargo aircraft only.” This is a big deal, you can not transport these cylinders on a PASSENGER VESSEL.  If you go on a dive charter and want to take one of these cylinders it is illegal!

My guess is very few people have read and understood this special permit and understand the ramifications to the SCUBA industry. I was part of that group until the transportation section was pointed out to me. If you own any of these cylinders it would be worthwhile to read the special permit.