How Do Life Jackets Work?

Navigating the world of life jackets, with their diverse range and functionalities, can be daunting. Whether you’re a boat owner, water sports enthusiast, or beach vacationer, understanding these crucial safety devices is vital. I’ll unpack the science behind life jackets, breaking down their buoyancy mechanisms, categories, and performance ratings.  Drawing from personal experience, I’ll convey…

Ditch Bag Contents: Don’t Forget This!

Ditch bags, also known as grab, go, or abandon ship bags, should be an essential part of any skipper’s gear on board. I’ve put together a guide that includes insights on the essential items needed for different sailing endeavors. It’s a compilation of years of maritime experience, data, and SOLAS requirements. For a comprehensive understanding…

How To Mount Fire Extinguishers In A Boat

Mounting fire extinguishers in a boat is not difficult. The main requirement is that this safety equipment is installed near potential fire hazards, is visible, and is easily accessible onboard. A boat fire extinguisher will hopefully never be used, and they can be disposed of at the end of the vessel’s life. However, if needed…

A [Comprehesive] Guide To Life Jacket Types

Many misconceptions about life jackets contribute to the selection of inadequate types that fail to provide essential protection. This often leads to a reluctance to wear them because they may be uncomfortable, ill-fitting, bulky, or perceived as unattractive. The importance of utilizing appropriate safety equipment coupled with knowledge of legal requirements and standards like ISO…

Why Do Life Jackets Require Regular Maintenance?

Why Do Life Jackets Require Regular Maintenance?

If lifejackets are not taken care of, they can become dysfunctional, and their performance is affected. In addition, they can become unsafe to rely on as personal flotation devices should you end up in the water, creating a dangerous situation. Regular maintenance not only preserves the integrity of the lifejacket, but it is also a…