When should I replace my inflatable PFD?

With regular maintenance before and after every use, you can expect your inflatable life jacket to last up to ten years before needing to be replaced. “Daily” maintenance includes checking your CO2 cylinder and inspecting the life jackets for rips, tears and missing components before every use.

How long do inflatable PFD last?

ten years
Inflatable lifejackets The lifespan of an inflatable lifejacket is thus limited to ten years. Linked to this ten year period is the regular servicing of the device in periods of no more than two years and is strongly recommended for all lifejackets used in leisure boating.

How does Onyx life vest work?

So comfortable, you won’t know you have one on – until you need it – the Onyx A/M-24 Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket delivers reliable safety and peace-of-mind when you are out on the water. It automatically inflates upon immersion in water or manually inflates when you pull the inflation handle.

How do self inflating life jackets work?

Inflatable life jackets rely on CO2 cylinders that provide buoyancy when inflated vs. inherently buoyant life jackets that use foam or other buoyant materials to stay afloat. The jackets are a less bulky, comfortable alternative to inherently buoyant life jackets.

When should you replace the CO2 cylinder in an inflatable PFD?

If they are properly cared for, hydrostatic inflators can go without maintenance for up to five years, at which time the activator and CO2 cartridge are simply replaced.

What is the Onyx outdoor a/M-24 automatic/manual inflatable life jacket?

The Onyx Outdoor A/M-24 Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved Type V life jacket with Type III performance. It has utility pockets for a space Co (2)cylinder, waterproof camera or other gear. It converts from automatic/manual to manual only inflation.

How do automatic/manual life jackets work?

One of the key features to this Automatic/Manual life jacket is that it inflates automatically upon immersion in water, but that it also can be converted to MANUAL ONLY inflation for those times when you want the convenience of kayaking, canoeing, or fly-fishing activities where there is a good chance you may get wet or could end up in the water.

Do you have to wear a life jacket on a boat?

You must wear this if this is your primary life jacket per Coast Guard rules. Simply having THIS life jacket on board does NOT meet the life jacket requirement. You either have to wear it or have a regular life jacket with you as well. Well worth the money spent