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Re: Lifesling or Horseshoe for MOB
As to whether a Lifesling meets the USCG Type IV requirement, I would reply on what is printed on a specific device...if the device states "USCG Approved Type IV" with an approval number, OK. If it says "..Approved TYPE V.." I would not count on that substituting for a Type IV until someone provides the CFR which states that.
Of course this is all legalese about a requirement, anyone can see that a LifeSling doesn't serve as a practical throwing device, shame on a bumbling bureaucrat if it does substitute for a Type IV. I personally keep several Type IV cushions about in the cockpit, and encourage the helmsperson to sit on one, so the throwable device is maximally available, should one need to be thrown.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 12-14-2012 at 02:19 PM.