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Inflatable PFD maintenance

I was just reading this
https://cpsboat.wordpress.com/2013/0...flatable-pfds/ and realized that while I visually inspect my inflatable (automatic/non-hydrostatic) that I've never thought of replacing the "pill" let alone doing it every few years. And does that mean I would end up with a bunch of unused CO2 cartridges since I have never seen the pill-thing sold separately.

I suppose I could just jump in the water every two years for fun and then rearm...

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Re: Inflatable PDF maintenance

If you've never tried swimming with an inflatable pfd, I'd recommend you do just that to see what it's like.
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Re: Inflatable PDF maintenance

I would also suggest that you try it once. However, the rearm pin and pill is available without the CO2.
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I would also suggest that you try it once. However, the rearm pin and pill is available without the CO2.
Where? I have had the same problems, asked in stores if they could sell me just the plastic pin and none would. No one at the stores had ever heard of such a thing. "Oh you have to replace the canister" they would exclaim, damn things cost half the price of the lifejacket.

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Re: Inflatable PDF maintenance

Check "rearm kit" at Landfallnavigation.com. I have no connection other than being a satisfied customer.
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Check "rearm kit" at Landfallnavigation.com. I have no connection other than being a satisfied customer.
Had a look and could still only see options to buy the co2 canister and the plastic pin.
When servicing your inflatable vest you break the pin when testing but you do not have to replace the canister of gas unless it is damaged or lighter than it should be. But i can't seem to be able to purchase just the plastic pin.

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Where? I have had the same problems, asked in stores if they could sell me just the plastic pin and none would. No one at the stores had ever heard of such a thing. "Oh you have to replace the canister" they would exclaim, damn things cost half the price of the lifejacket.

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Amazon for the win: https://www.amazon.com/Green-Indicat.../dp/B002O7AIZE

https://www.amazon.com/Inflatable-PF.../dp/B002O76J66

You know, as much as I "hate" amazon for its destructive trade practices, you can't help loving them.

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Amazon for the win: https://www.amazon.com/Green-Indicat.../dp/B002O7AIZE

https://www.amazon.com/Inflatable-PF.../dp/B002O76J66

You know, as much as I "hate" amazon for its destructive trade practices, you can't help loving them.
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If you've never tried swimming with an inflatable pfd, I'd recommend you do just that to see what it's like.
Damon is right. Try swimming in an inflatable PFD. It's an eye opening experience. After you try it, buy one of these:
https://www.defender.com/product.jsp...131&id=3142281

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Re: Inflatable PDF maintenance

There are "pills" and there are "bobbins". The bobbin being the rarer more expensive design that uses paper mache wound over a spring, less likely to crumble in moist air than the "pill" type. Since that Amazon page shows bobbin packs "bought with" those indicators...just be sure the indicator is the right type.

My first PFD was made before indicators existing, so it doesn't need that nonsense. Second one, same type, has the indicator nonsense on it, and that doesn't stop me from physically looking at the pointy end of things to make sure it will work properly anyhow. Just another nuisance.
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