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Testing a Manual Inflatable PFD
For several years I have worn a manual inflatable PFD 150
for sailing, but have never experienced pulling the rip cord to
actuate inflation. How quickly does the CO2 cylinder inflate the
PFD, and would it really keep my 78kg afloat?
When I bought a new PFD this year, I decided to try actuating
my old PFD. With the cooperation of the lifeguards at North
Sydney Olympic pool, I pulled the inflation tag while wearing
the PFD in the pool away from other swimmers.
The CO2 cylinder inflated the PFD quickly and smoothly
without any discomfort. The PFD 150 held my head well above the
water. However, you do have to swim backwards as the buoyancy
does not allow your head to go forward.
I recommend that when you buy a new PFD you use your old
PFD to experience the effectiveness of this device which could
one day save your life.
Mooring minders and
waiting list dilemma
I read in Afloat, on a very regular basis, complaints about, and
suggested solutions to a variety of private mooring related issues.
The ongoing commentary seems to be split between “mooring
minders” and availability although they are both connected of
Mooring minders are generally poorly maintained vessels
which do not appear to be used due to a variety of reasons. They
simply mind the mooring so the tenant doesn’t lose the space.
Mooring minders do, by the lack of their use and maintenance,
keep regular boaters out of selected mooring areas around Sydney
and on the treadmill of the dreaded waiting list.
The first problem is the lack of desire by authorities to do
anything about it. The regulations are very clear and to inform
a boater that their vessel will be towed away is not a hard thing
to do. I believe it requires a process which includes sending the
owner multiple written notices, placing a sticker on the boat
for a certain period of time and then towing it in to the Rozelle
complex for auction or scrap.
The management of Sydney Harbour are reluctant to process
the removal of a private vessel from any leased mooring as they
see it as “authoritarian” and the second reason is that Rozelle
Maritime HQ has no room for old boats to be stored and they
ain’t going to rent space to do that.
Perhaps the attitude today is slightly different but while the
money is coming in from mooring fees, don’t rock the boat. They
don’t have enough BSOs to manage the moorings as it is and the
old suggestion that non-authorised officers could do the job just
as well or even look at subcontracting the mooring management
to an outside company has always met with a big fat no.
Personally I rather enjoyed visiting mooring areas and doing
a GPS inspired check on moorings identified by the office staff
as needing attention for some reason or another.
The downside is that while I was literally up the creek (or
river) all hell could be breaking loose near the Harbour Bridge
and water safety issues may need my attention at the same time.
I had 1,400 moorings on average in my one mooring area
in Port Jackson and it could take some 2-3 days to visit, check,
record and action each defaulted one including taking clients out
to the site of their vessel when they hit the top of the waiting list.
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