George Dewey

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  1. George Dewey

    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I don't know for sure but I would bet not. However, if you're doing an offshore race, you'll want to have a spare inflator with you. If you go overboard on day 2 you'll need a working PFD for the rest of the race. Some racing rules actually require at least one spare inflator for each type of PFD in use on board. So... Just order a spare inflator when you order your PFD. I ordered my stuff from WO in the UK and had it in Rhode Island two days later.
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    As I mentioned earlier, I bought a pair of 9135BKHP (ErgoFit Ocean with hammar inflator, 290N buoyancy), one for myself and one for my girlfriend. As it turns out these come in one size and we could not make the straps tight enough to fit her snugly. She is pretty small. It still has the crotch straps but if it does not fit snugly its probably not going to be fun having it bounce around. I can send it back to the UK but if anyone wants it I'll sent it to you for the $270 (delivered) I paid for it. As for mine, I'm very happy with it. Its very comfortable and easy to wear.
  3. George Dewey

    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I don't know what's a "common" choice but the Hammar inflators are a bit different than the "automatic" inflators. There are several different types of automatic but I think the Hammar is all the same. The Hammar requires about 4 inches of immersion before it will trigger, and also has cord to pull for manual inflation. The reason people might choose the Hammar over the automatic is because the automatics, at least in the past, had a tendency to inflate after prolonged exposure to humidity or extremely wet conditions, like rain or lots of spray. A regional sales manager for CrewSaver told me that the automatics have improved considerably in the past few years. All the inflators should be inspected annually, and the automatics have a little pill or capsule of some type that has an expiration date. Its easy to buy and replace, but it should be done. As for rearming kits, they are not universal but as someone said, there are not many to choose from.
  4. George Dewey

    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    Yup I see your point. If I had an automatic I would just try the conversion kit from Spinlock. At least in the pictures and videos I have seen it looks like the inflators are very similar. Good luck, I hope you find what you need.
  5. George Dewey

    Offshore life jackets

    Why is USCG cert important? Just get a cheap certified PFD and toss it onboard somewhere.
  6. George Dewey

    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    Looks like this is not doable. The guy I emailed responded and suggested other Crewsaver gear.
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    Saying that the Crewsaver website could be a whole lot better is certainly being polite. As I posted prior, I was so frustrated with it that I called Crewsaver in the US and ended up speaking with one of the regional sales reps, who was very knowledgeable and very willing to help me. I just sent him a note asking if the automatic can be converted to manual only and I'll let you know what he says. My guess is yes, because the inflator looks just like the one used in the Deckvest, although I don't know for sure its the same one. But they sure do look alike. My pair of ErgoFit 290N OC (Ocean) vests arrived today, just a few days after I placed the order from WO in the UK. They came via UPS International Saver. These PFDs are heavier than I expected, but they are not unreasonably heavy. They seem very sturdy. It was easy to put one on and tighten the webbing around my waist. Just tug on it and it tightens. Pulling the orange tabs released the webbing easily so I could get it off. The buckle in the front is metal and seems very sturdy. The 190N Pro model has a pair of plastic buckles. I think I prefer the metal one that the offshore, ocean and extreme have. The only thing I have not figured out yet is how to wrap up the extra webbing once I pull it tight. There are elastic loops to hold it, but its not obvious how to run the webbing through them and it seems like I would need a helper to reach them. I opened one up and everything that was supposed to be in there was in there. That includes the spray hood, light and whistle. Of course the Hammar inflator and the large CO2 cylinder (the 190N models use a smaller cylinder). It was easy to burst open and easy to zip back up. I didn't orally inflate it. I also noticed that it has an external pocket for a safety knife. The pocket zips closed and has a short, elastic lanyard inside it at the top. I think the 190N Offshore also has this, and I know the Pro does not. I don't know exactly the differences between the Ocean and Extreme, although both are available only with 290N buoyancy and the Hammar inflator (not the automatic). I paid $US 275 each for these delivered (free shipping) and I'm pretty happy with them. As soon as I figure out about tucking in the webbing I'll probably be very happy. Pricing from WO on the 9125BKHP (ErgoFit 190N Offshore with Hammar inflator, hood, light and harness) is $US 215. The 9115BKAP (ErgoFit Pro with automatic inflator, 190N buoyancy) is just $US 180. The only trick is that these are not on their US website. They told me the reason for this is that they are not USCG approved (I explained we can still use them in the US). So to order, go to the UK website, find it, switch to the US website and then add it to your cart. They have the rearm kits as well. Finally, after I ordered these I found out that Vella Sailing Supply in Texas recently started to sell these but don't have them on their website yet. I didn't get pricing.
  8. George Dewey

    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I just ordered from WO a few days ago, and I'm expecting my package today. I ordered a pair of 9135BKHP vests, because the price difference from the 9125BKHP was small enough to make it an (almost) no brainer. Their pricing is extremely reasonable and shipping to the US is free and takes just a few days. They should arrive any minute and I'll post an update later.
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    Can you mix instruments and transducers?

    Well it depends on exactly which paddlewheel, but yes, most are made by Airmar and emit pulses of a few different kinds. For the paddle wheel, Garmin makes a device that accepts the pulses from their transducer and converts it to N2K. Without this device you would need a (discontinued) Nexus server to interface the paddlewheel to the rest of the system. The Nexus/Garmin log transducer with the red paddlewheel is the nicest one available, and is not made by Airmar. One other thing to check, my boat originally was equipped with a Raymarine system (before I bought it) and that was converted to a B&G H1000. The original log transducer was kept, and it emitted NMEA0183, which I brought into my Nexus server but could have brought into my Garmin plotter. So at least in the case of the log, you might want to check to see what model it is. There is likely a white label on the cable somewhere. I also have sitting here a Raymarine wind transducer, which emits an analog signal. That was interfaced to the B&G H1000 via a B&G converter. I don't know if there is anything that can interface that transducer to Garmin or NMEA.
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    Can you mix instruments and transducers?

    I don't know Raymarine very well but it uses Seatalk. If you got a Seatalk to NMEA converter you could feed the Seatalk data into the converter and get NMEA0183 out. Then you could put that into a Gamin plotter, such as a 742, which would then publish it on N2K. So you could get some raw data onto N2K. I'm not sure if you could then get calculated data like TWD. If no one here knows I'll see what I can find out from Garmin.
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I just spoke with a guy at Crewsaver who is a regional sales manager, great guy who spent a lot of time discussing a tiny purchase with me. Regarding the Pro vs the Offshore, they are the same except for the way they buckle. Both models have dual crotch straps, harness, automatic and manual inflation, light, whistle, spray hood and 190N of buoyancy. Both models are available with the hydrostatic or automatic inflator (the hydrostatic 'Hammar" requires about 4 inches of immersion to fire). I asked how sensitive the automatic is to spray and rain and he told me in the past few years they have improved it greatly and its not very sensitive at all. In the past, exposure to humidity over time would cause the pellet to dissolve and fire it off when it should not. The part numbers are: 9115BKAP ErgoFit Pro with automatic inflator, 190N buoyancy 9115BKHP ErgoFit Pro with hammar inflator, 190N buoyancy 9125BKAP ErgoFit Offshore with automatic inflator, 190N buoyancy 9125BKHP ErgoFit Offshore with hammar inflator, 190N buoyancy 9135BKHP ErgoFit Ocean with hammar inflator, 290N buoyancy 9145BKHP ErgoFit Extreme with hammar inflator, 290N buoyancy I'm still looking for the best pricing, but from what I have seen so far these are priced much more nicely than Spinlock Deckvest 5D.
  12. George Dewey

    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    Thanks thats very helpful. Besides the closing mechanism is are there any other differences between the pro and offshore? The Crewsaver website has contradictory information. Also, did you get the hammer or automatic inflator?
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    Does anyone have an experience with the Crewsaver life jackets? For the price, at first look, they look fairly competitive against the Spinlock Deckvest 5D. There is the "Pro" and "Offshore" and I'm trying to figure out the difference. Any experience or thoughts on these? https://crewsaver.com/us/catalogue/recreational/personal-flotation/
  14. George Dewey

    Offshore life jackets

    Thats great info. Interesting that: (1) there is no requirement that it actually be inflatable and if it is, that the inflation be automatic or manual, or both (2) it requires a PLB but not an AIS beacon. I would think that they would prefer to require AIS instead of PLB.
  15. George Dewey

    Nexus buss to power LED windex light?

    If your anchor light is LED, you could use that cable. Hook the LED windex light up in reverse polarity from the anchor LED. Below, use a switch that is DPDT with a center off position. This works well with most anchor LED lights, but some of the nicer ones are smart enough to work in either polarity. If it's a constant current LED anchor light, you could use a diode so that the current can only flow to it one way. You want it to be constant current because the diode will have a 0.7v drop. As for connecting the LED directly to the Nexus bus, I would avoid that. Most likely it would work but you're likely to harm the water tight integrity of those sure seal connectors. Those are great connectors, I wouldn't want to compromise them at the masthead.