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These are an essential part of boat safety, please ensure that you select the correct type for the activity intended. As with most items, the more you pay the higher the quality will be.
Crew fit 190N automatic life jacket with harness
Dog/cat life jacket
Baltic automatic life jacket with harness - Race


About Lifejackets

Lifejackets are an essential part of boat safety. They are designed to keep your airway clear of the water whether you are conscious or unconscious.
They traditionally come in two types, inflatable and foam.
An Inflatable lifejacket is the most commonly used, for leisure and commercial use.
Whereas the foam lifejackets are predominantly designed for, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, water sports, children learning to swim or for dire emergency use on board.

Newton Values Explained

100N lifejackets
  • Are mainly used for those who fall into calm and sheltered water  but have to wait for rescue.
  • May not have enough buoyancy to take someone else’s weight
  • May not roll an unconscious person their back, (which is a vital part of a survival in water)
  • Performance can be affected if someone is wearing heavy clothing.

150N lifejackets
  • Used for general use on coastal and inshore waters
  • Typically for sailing and fishing.
  • It should turn an unconscious person onto his or her back and
  • Requires no subsequent action by the wearer to keep his or her face out of the water.
  • Its performance may be affected if the user is wearing heavy and/or waterproof clothing.

275N lifejackets
  • Recommended for offshore cruising, fishing and commercial users.
  • Intended primarily for extreme conditions
  • Good for those wearing heavy protective clothing
  • Designed to ensure that the wearer is floating in the correct position with his or her mouth and nose clear of the surface of the water.

Types of Inflation

  • Operated by pulling a string
  • Pushes a firing pin into the CO2 canister
  • Lifejacket Inflates

Note: Automatic and hydrostatic lifejackets both have a manual pull string as back up. Just incase the lifejacket mis-fires.

  • Relys on a small pellet or bobbin, which holds back a powerful spring.
  • When the pellet makes contact with water it dissolves very rapidly
  • This releases the spring, which pushes a firing pin into the gas canister.

Hydrostatic (Hammar)
  • Works in the same way as an Automatic
  • Pellet is protected by a case that only lets water in once it is a few centimeters below the surface.
  • It won’t fire until fully submerged.
  • This is an option for sailors who will be completely saturated in heavy spray whilst on deck.
  • Note: This lifejacket firing mechanism ensures that your lifejacket will only go off once you are submerged, not whilst you are on deck.

Choosing a Lifejacket for a Child

All children’s lifejackets state a maximum weight and chest size that must not be exceeded. It is equally important not to buy a lifejacket that is too large, as this may result in the child slipping out of it or the lifejacket floating high in the water leaving the child’s mouth and nose submerged.


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