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PFD Servicing

It is recommended that your PFD is serviced to the manufacturer's specifications which is usually either one or two years. Ideally this should be done by an authorised PFD servicing agent. The are many things that will cause your yachting PFD to fail inspection. The most common of these are;

- corrosion on cylinders

- damage to webbing

- damage to bladder

- oral inflation tube valve not functioning

- loss of green indicator tab

- heavy mould

Four Winds Marine provides authorised servicing of a range of inflatable PFDs. This means we are specifically trained by each brand to service their style of PFD.

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EPIRB1 is according to rescueME the worlds most compact Emergency Postion Indicating Radio Beacon

Available mid December 2014. Discount for early orders - ring 03 52299200 to enquire.


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10 year battery life

5 year warranty †

Fast accurate positioning

Retractable antenna

*30% smaller, compared to other products approved to recognised standards (July 2014) † Subject to warranty statement

The rescueME EPIRB1 provides peace of mind with an impressive 10 year battery life. The world’s most compact EPIRB can always be on hand, as its small size allows it to be easily retained within its manual bracket or placed in an emergency grab-bag or life raft.

A simple protective tab over the operating keys prevents inadvertent activation, yet allows for easy operation when required. The rescueME EPIRB1 also features two high brightness strobes to maximise visibility in low light conditions.

The retractable antenna provides maximum protection and a reduced outline for stowage. When required the antenna is easily deployed with a gentle pull.

For longer distance trips, the Ocean Signal E100G EPIRB offers an exceptional 96 hour operational life with the option of an automatic release housing (mandatory for vessels approved under SOLAS regulations).

SPECIFICATIONS

Modulation Depth .............................................................................................................................. 85-100%
SweepRange......................................................................................................................... 400Hz – 1300Hz

Strobe Light

Light Type .................................................................................................................. Dual High intensity LED

GPSReceiver

Sensitivity Cold Start ........................................................................................................................ -148dBm
Sensitivity Re-acquisition .................................................................................................................. -163dBm
Satellites channels tracked ......................................................................................................................... 66
GPSAntenna .......................................................................................................................... Microstrip patch

Battery

Type...................................................................................................................................... Lithium Primary
Chemistry ......................................................................................................... Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2)
Operational Life.................................................................................................................. >48hours @ -20°C

Environmental

Operating Temperature Range.................................................................................................. -20°C to +55°C
Storage Temperature Range......................................................................................................-30°C to +70°C
Waterproof...................................................................................................................... >10metres at +20°C
Weight...................................................................................................................................................422g
Dimensions.................................................................................................................178mm(H) x 89mm(dia)

Personal Must Have Items;

 

PFD or Personal Floatation Device for yachting.

When choosing a Personal Floatation Device there are a number of things to keep in mind but two, comfort and effectiveness, are paramount. If the device is ill-fitting and quite uncomfortable it runs the risk of not being used. If however if an emergency happens then it must be up to the task.

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Thankfully the advent of both manual or automatically inflatable life jackets means they are far less bulky to wear racing around the bay. In our opinion this style is probably the minimal level of jacket worth considering for yachting.

 

Floatation rating 

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This is measured in newtons and 10 newtons will provide 1 kg of buoyancy. Don't consider anything under 150N if you are an adult as this is designed to turn you face up if you are unconscious in the water. These are now a mandatory minimum requirement for all offshore yacht racing. Consider a 275N jacket if you plan on doing any serious offshore racing or cruising where you might encounter extreme conditions in heavy clothing. Further make sure the PFD you purchase is Australian Standard 4758. Some older jackets will show the previous standard of 1512.

 

Inflation mode

Inflatable PFD's are usually filled by a 33-40gram cylinder that is either manually activated via a toggle or automatically activated via a sensor of some description often by pressure or dissolving chrystals. All can be orally inflated via a mouth tube. The advantage of the automatically inflating design is that it will still operate if the sailor enters the water unconcious.

 

 

Servicing your PFD

It is a legal requirement that your PFD is serviced at the manufacturers specifications which is usually either one or two years. Ideally this should be done by an authorised servicing agent. The are many things that will cause your yachting PFD to fail inspection. The most common of these are;

 

 

Tethers/harnesses

Tethers are designed to keep you safely attached and onboard the yacht. Once again getting one that is manufactured to Australian standards is really important and these are mandatory if you are ocean yacht racing. As with PFDs tethers should be checked regularly. PFDs can have harnesses built in to their design. An example is the ******

 

Yachting Knife

 

Wichard, Gill. Personal yachting knives are becoming standard in many offshore yacht races. Inquiries into a couple of yachting accidents in 2011 has prompted the move. If you find yourself trapped by your tether under a capsised yacht then there are very few options available to you. So what do you look for when purchasing a yachting knife?

  • Blunt tip - the last thing you need is a pointed tip around you when getting tossed around in heavy seas or around anything inflatable like rafts or inflated PFDs.
  • Able to be opened and operated with one hand, vital if you are clinging to moving rigging.
  • Serrated for quickly cutting through ropes or tethers

 

Strobe or Life Jacket Light

 

PLB or Personal Locator Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Four Winds Racing Team is a group of sailors that are enthusiastic in the sport of sailing. Team members from all age groups are out on the water proudly representing Four Winds Marine, receiving support from us as we follow their progress over the season.

Check here over the sailing season to find out how our members are going and what the latest news is!

 

Harry Mann

Class: Mosquito

Club: Portarlington Sailing Club

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Four Winds Racing

Class: Lyons 30

Club: Royal Geelong YC

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Nikola Dixon & Ruby Altermatt

Class: 29er

Club: Royal Geelong YC

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