|MOB Lifesavers: How to get an MOB back on board|
How to fit MOB liFesavers
It is important to fit the MOB Lifesaver correctly so it will float out of the jacket when it inflates.
1. Open the lifejacket and find the lifting becket, also called a lifting strop, or lifting loop, or sometimes grab handle.
2. Take the Lifesaver out of the packaging. If there is a rubber band round the coiled Lifesaver, discard this. Also remove any piece of Sellotape that may be keeping the pouch closed. Both this and the rubber band are simply to keep the packaging neat.
3. Attach the end opposite the triangle, to the lifting strop using a strap hitch knot.
4. Coil the Lifesaver loosely and lie it in the centre of the jacket above the firing head or below the oral inflation tube, depending on which side we find the lifting strop. When the life jacket deploys the Lifesaver will be on top of the bladder and will be pushed out onto the water.
5. Re-pack the life jacket according to the manufacturers instructions. It is generally easy to see how to re-pack the jacket as one follows the folds that were created when it was packed at the manufacturers. Always observe when opening a lifejacket how it has been packed and re-pack it the same way.
6. To check that the Lifesaver has been placed correctly within the jacket (without inflating the jacket), fit the Lifesaver then hold the cover closed and put the lifejacket on, then allow the cover to open and the Lifesaver should fall out.
It is always a good idea to keep things neat and tidy inside the lifejacket and that's why we provide the pouch, a foldable pocket to house the Lifesaver. The pouch is 'T' shaped, with a hole in the end of the 'T', so that we can fold the Lifesaver into the pouch and then hang the pouch off the oral inflation tube, assuming that this is on the same side as the lifting becket. Where it is not on the same side we still use the pouch but do not attach it to anything in the lifejacket and the pouch becomes sacrifical.
The 'Fitted' tag
Attach this to the zip on the lifejacket or if the jacket closes with Velcro, attach the tag to a 'D' ring or other suitabke pijnt on the front of the jacket.
We also have some pictures below to show you how to fold the pouch. The top set of pictures show the Lifesaver housed in a pocket that is hung off the oral inflation tube - lifting strop on opposaitie side to the firing head. Below that is the pocket being used when the lifting strop is on the same side as the firing head, when the pouch will be sacrificial.
About your Lifesaver - it is made from 3 metres of 3 mm brightly coated, HMPE (Dyneema) rope, which is hand spliced to form a loop. A triangle is formed in one end to make it easy to grab with a boathook. Your Lifesaver will float on the water and it is incredibly strong. It will lift a weight of at least 1 ton, much more than the lifejacket will be able to lift
About the pouch - this is made from lifejacket bladder material, which sinks. It is 'T' shaped with a long strip which has a hole in the end so you can hang this off the oral inflation tube if the lifting strop and oral inflation tube are on the same side.
About the 'Fitted' tag - this has a longer cord than you find on a normal zip tag in case you do not have a zip on your lifejacket and need to attach the tag to the 'D' ring or to any other point on your jacket, which may have a larger circumference than the hole in the end of a zipper.
We are pleased to announce that MOB Lifesavers have been approved for inclusion in Crewsaver, Baltic, Spinlock & SeaSafe life jackets. Other brands are in the process of submitting their models for approval with MOB Lifesavers included. Of course anyone can add what they like to their lifejacket but we need to understand that doing this to a new jacket when the lifejacket has not got the approval for the addition of the MOB Lifesaver would invalidate the approval certification for the life jacket. We also have a 'rope to chain to rope' sling , with the chain housed in a plastic tube and a dayglo orange cover, so we can bring the casualty out, who may be hypothermic, in the horizontal or seated position. And we recommend a Harken 6 part tackle with climbing carabiners as being the optimum retrieval rig be it on a sailing boat or a motorboat. we offer this 'Retrieval Rig' in a bucket. Contact us for details.
Patent Nos 1407299.5 & 1504086.8 Pending
Prices inc UK P&P. If you want your Lifesavers delivered to an address outside the UK please contact us before ordering to get a complete price inc P&P to your country.
MOB LIFESAVERS From Duncan Wells. Email: sales@MOBliFesavers.coM or Call Duncan Wells on 01753 890555