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I am leaving for Marathon Keys tomorrow to help deliver a C&C42 to Charleston, SC. It will be an open water sail. Bringing my own PFD that is about two years old. I have only used it once or twice though, because I use a lighter one when coastal sailing around here.
How often should the C02 charge be replaced.
The issue is not the CO2 cartridge, it's the bobbin in the hammer/firing pin assembly. Depending upon the manufacturer you should be able to obtain replacement bobbins from Defender or West Marine. I suggest you replace the bobbin just to be on the safe side. Take the old one and pitch it in a glass of water. If it fizzes up and desolves it would have been fine but they are quite cheap and better safe than sorry. We test/replace ours annually.
IF you do not have an EPIRB, contact BoatUS (I'm sure you're a member right?) and have them FedEx a unit to you before you depart. File a "Float Plan" with BoatUS and leave a copy with your wife/girlfriend/next of kin or whomever is your shoreside contact, just to be on the safe side. Marathon to Charleston's an easy run as long as the winds don't turn on you.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."