Life Ring Buoys and Accessories
Life rings meeting USCG, SOLAS and OSHA requirements
We stock the Datrex brand "hard shell" life ring buoys. These have proven to hold up better in the marine environment than the old style vinyl dipped models and are manufactured in the United States. The rope on Datrex life rings is also replaceable. We also can provide vinyl lettering for either your new buoys or existing stock. This lettering is made from 3M high performance vinyl, the same material used for graphics on the side of trucks. It has excellent UV stability and adhesion properties (providing the surface is properly prepared).
Please take care if your are ordering 30" life rings. We offer two models, the standard (and less expensive) type which is use on deck and a heavier model for use on a bridge wing where its extra weight helps deploy a strobe light and 15 minute smoke signal (not included) which are attached in a rapid deployment rack.
Commercial fishing vessels must use orange life rings with a minimum diameter of 24". They also must be marked with the vessel's name, be equipped with a retrieval line and have retro-reflective tape. White life rings are approved for use on recreational vessels and are often used around swimming pools.
OSHA 1926.106(c) requires ring buoys on docks at an interval not exceeding 200'. Each life ring must be equipped with a 90' buoyant line and this assembly "must be ready for emergency rescue operations".
A complete set up for a dock would consist of:
- 30" life ring OSHA Life Ring
- 90' floating rope in a polyester bag OSHA Rope Bag
- Bracket(s) to hold the life ring Life Ring Bracket
- Cover for the life ring (optional) Life Ring Cover