Jacklines

full-jacklineJacklines are now available from Westpac. ISAF and US Sailing specify webbing that has a 4500 pound breaking strength. We are using webbing with a 9800 pound breaking strength and the complete jackline has a breaking strength in excess of 5000 pounds.

one-end-under-loadThe above image was taken with over 5000 pounds of pull on the test sample and there was no damage to the stitching or webbing. After considerable research and testing we have found that using a bar-tack stitching pattern with a reinforcing piece inside the joint provided the best strength for this application. We did test the “double W” stitching pattern commonly used on slings (and some off the shelf jacklines) and found it failed below 5000 pounds.

5000-pound-pullAll jacklines are made to order. The standard model has a sewn eye in each end, a large one for the forward attachment point and a smaller one on the aft end so that you can have a lashing to adjust the tension of the jackline. If measuring your vessel is not practical we can also provide jacklines with the forward sewn eye and no eye on the aft end. One can use cleats in the stern of the vessel to attach the webbing which will provide an acceptable connection (although not quite as handy).

They are constructed from 1″ polyester webbing  treated with NanoSphere® technology which provides for longer life due to its dirt repelling properties. While we sell this webbing by the foot it does require a heavy duty industrial sewing machine to properly stitch.

If you need further information or wish to place an order, call Rollie at (253) 627-6000. There is also more information at http://westpacmarine.com

References:
On Rope by Bruce Smith and Allen Padgett
Load Testing by Evans Starzinger
ISO 12401

Testing:
We tested all of our samples between a large tree and a loaded dump truck (fortunately we have both). In line was a 10,000 pound hydraulic ram and a load cell. The hydraulic ram did not provide enough length of pull to get all of the slack out of the system and then pull for the actual test. Using the dump truck allowed us to pre load the setup and then use the ram to bring it up to our desired tension. The 10,000 pound digital load cell provided us with a quick and accurate way to measure the strain from a safe distance. This is why you see pine needles in the photos.

 

 

 

 

What OSHA wants

30″ Life Ring

If you have a commercial dock, OSHA wants you to be safe, but just in case someone falls in the water their needs to be a way to rescue them. 29CFR§1926.106(c) requires that “Ring buoys with at least 90 feet of line shall be provided and readily available for emergency rescue operations. Distance between ring buoys shall not exceed 200 feet”.

So at least every 200 feet you need a ring buoy, 90 feet of line and a way to make it readily available.

We sell the Datrex hard shell ring buoys which stand up very well to both UV and  seagulls.  A stainless steel bracket (or two) provides an easy way to mount the ring buoy so that it is immediately accessible.

We make ring buoy rope bags which contain the required 90 feet of floating rope. Having the rope inside a Cordura® bag greatly extends its life and keeps it easy to maintain. The rope is attached to the life ring with a simple splice and easily feeds out of the bag. It is just as easy to re-stuff the bag with the rope after use.

We also make vinyl covers that will protect everything but are quick to remove in an emergency.

As you can see on the back side of the cover there is just a black elastic which holds it in place.

We have other items that might meet your dock’s needs, check them out at http://WestpacMarine.com  and click on the Safety navigation dropdown.

 

Throw Bags

Throw bags are an important piece of safety equipment whenever you are around the water. We manufacture in house two different models:

Bluewater: designed for use on salt water or lakes.

Whitewater: designed for use in rivers and places where you have a strong current.

The throw bags are quite similar and all incorporate our “cornet” (inverted cone) design for easy restuffing of the rope. They all use Sterling Rope Company’s WaterLine which is made in the USA and specifically designed for throw bags.

What differentiates the two models is the diameter of the line used. The Bluewater models use 5/16″ (top with blue tracer) and the Whitewater models use 3/8″ (bottom with red tracer).

waterline5/16″ WaterLine has a breaking strength of 1596 pounds whereas the 3/8″ has a breaking strength of 3416 pounds. The added size also makes it easier to haul a victim back to shore by hand. The picture really does a poor job of showing the difference in diameter but the 20% increase makes the 3/8″ size much easier to grip.

Can you use a Whitewater model in a salt water environment, sure. The materials these bags are constructed from are the same, it really comes down to what line diameter you want.

If you are in Tacoma, come on by and give them a toss. Online you can check them out and place an order using our secure shopping cart.

 

Brass buckled web belts

We had these at the Seattle Boat Show and now they are available online.

The solid brass, military style buckle and tip, were found in the back of a warehouse. Amazingly they were made in the U.S.A. and they are in pristine condition. Coupled with 48″ of black heavyweight 1¼” nylon webbing, you have a belt that will last for years.

You can order yours now to either be shipped or for pick up here in Tacoma. When we run out of buckles, these will be gone. The shelf in the warehouse where I found them is now empty.

Need a longer webbing length (they are easy to shorten)? Just give me a call at (253) 627-6000 and I will get you set up.

buckle-back

 

Switlik lowers pricing

Two exciting things happened yesterday, the announcement of a new James Bond movie and the receipt of revised pricing from Switlik. The movie we have to wait for, the pricing is here for us now.

Some examples include:

MOM-8A which was $719.00 and is now $595.00

MOM-600 (without pylon) was $1199.00 and is now $896.00

Coastal Passage Raft in Hard Container dropped from $5599.00 to $4082.00

Every marine product (this does not include replacement parts) Switlik offers now has a lower price and you can check them all out at WestpacMarine.com.

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Cord Hangers

Cord Hanger
Cord Hanger

Summer is over and it’s time to clean up the mess from all of our projects. Several extension cords we on the floor just waiting to be tripped over so I grabbed a hose hanger strap and repurposed it to be a cord hanger. Now we can safely walk across the garage without being attacked.

This is just another example of the usefulness of straps around the house. If you have cords (or hoses) to hang, just give me a call at (800) 343-5826 and I can build something that will solve the problem.

The strap in the picture is made using 1″ black polypropylene webbing, a side release buckle and D-ring. Not shown but the end of the webbing is folded over and bar tacked so that it can not unthread from the buckle.

Tacoma mushroom hunters could have used a PLB

The Tacoma News Tribune just had an article about two men who got lost while hunting mushrooms.  Fortunately they had enough supplies to survive a night in the woods. Our days are getting shorter and the nights colder, pretty soon spending a night outdoors will be difficult without good gear.

Ocean Signal rescueME Personal Locator Beacon

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If you are going out in the woods consider adding an Ocean Signal rescueME Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to your kit. Weighing in a bit over 4 ounces it will not slow you down (or reduce the number of mushrooms you can harvest). It is a good piece of gear if you are backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, or even driving  during the winter.

There is no annual charge involved with the rescueME PLB. $249.00 (current price as of October 2014) and a seven year life it works out to $35.58 per year or about 10 cents per day. Truly an affordable piece of safety equipment.panduan android

PLB’s work using a satellite system, owned and operated by governments and provide world wide coverage. You don’t have to worry about cell coverage, as long as you can see the sky, it will work. If you want to get rescued, this is the piece of equipment you want in your hands.

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USCG Photo

Last Friday (October 17th) the Lady A sunk in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Talking with one of the owners who was not onboard, it appears that the hull failed due to extreme weather. The good news is that everyone is safe and no oil was lost.

As you can see in the photo, a small Inflatable Buoyant Apparatus (IBA) had been deployed. IBA’s are available in 4 to 100 person capacities and are an extremely economical piece of primary life saving equipment for those who do not travel offshore. They keep the victims out of the water and are extremely easy to see from the air.

USCG article on the sinking