Mustang Survival MD0450 22 Owner`s manual

MUSTANG SURVIVAL
INFLATABLE VEST
TM
WITH LIFT
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Owner’s Manual
TM
MD0450 Inflatable Vest with LIFT
Hydrostatic Inflation Model - Manual with Automatic Backup
Recreational: USCG Approved Type V with performance equivalent
to a Type III PFD
MA1900 Sailing Harness
For use with model MD0450 only
MD0451 Inflatable PFD
Hydrostatic Inflation Model - Manual with Automatic Backup
Uninspected Commercial Vessels: USCG Approved Type V
TM
SecureZIP
US Patent No. 6,832,415 and Patents Pending
CONTENTS
Page 1 Approval Conditions and Carriage Requirements
3 Note to Uninspected Commercial Vessel Operators
3 Why are PFDs Required Safety Equipment?
3 What is an Inflatable PFD?
4 Instructions for Use
5 Uninspected Commercial Vessel Use
5 Component Inspection Instructions
6 Readiness Checklist
6 Donning Instructions
8 Inflation
10 In-water Adjustments
11 Special Considerations for Automatic Devices
11 Deflation
12 Usage Below Freezing
13 Re-arming Your PFD
17 Repacking
22 MA1900 Sailing Harness
23 Inserting the MA1900 Sailing Harness
27 Adjusting the MA1900 Sailing Harness
27 Is Your PFD in Good and Serviceable Condition?
28 Care and Maintenance Instructions
30 Cleaning and Storing
30 How and Why to Test Your PFD
31 How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Automatic Inflator?
31 How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Manual Inflator?
32 How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Oral Inflator?
33 Wear Your PFD
34 Hypothermia
35 Each of These Devices is Intended to Help You Save Your Life
36 Safety Accessories
36 Additional Information
36 Do Not Attach PFDs to Your Boat
37 Airline Operator Policy on Carriage of Inflatable PFDS
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APPROVAL CONDITIONS AND CARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS
Models MD0450 and MD0451 Inflatable Vests with LIFTTM are USCG
approved as Type V PFDs for use as a substitute for Type III PFDs only
when used in accordance with the owner’s manual.
The MD0450 and MD0451 take several exceptions to the
inflatable PFD standards and therefore require user involvement
to ensure a level of safety equal to other inflatable PFDs. The
approval conditions let users overcome the design traits that
would otherwise prevent approval. These are Type V inflatable PFDs
because (1) performance is achieved by avoidance of mouth immersion
in waves in place of face-up turning ability, (2) when the harness is
provided (MD0450 only), it can cause injury (OR DEATH) if not properly
used, (3) requires secondary donning after inflation. Knowledgeable
users increase their safety significantly by wearing and using
these PFDs as prescribed in this owner’s manual.
Recreational - Model MD0450 has Type III performance and is
approved as a Type V PFD because it has attachments for a sailing
harness that can cause injury if not properly used. A separate section
titled “SAILING HARNESS” (p. 22) discusses requirements and features
on the MD0450 only. USCG approval does not apply to the sailing
harness because some of the risks associated with its use have not been
evaluated.
Commercial - The MD0451 is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for use
as a Type V Personal Flotation Device (PFD) approved ONLY WHEN WORN
for use on uninspected commercial vessels less than 40 feet in length not
carrying passengers for hire as a substitute for a Type III PFD when used
in accordance with this owner’s manual.
NOTE: MD0450 is not USCG approved for Uninspected Commercial
Vessels.
Conditions for Type V Approval in commercial applications:
1. The MD0451 must be worn before getting underway and whenever
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above deck and not within an enclosed space to meet the carriage
requirement.
2. The operator of an uninspected commercial vessel is responsible for
servicing and maintaining the MD0451 in good serviceable condition
in accordance with this owner’s manual. See Care and Maintenance
Instructions (p. 28) for servicing information.
3. The operator of an uninspected commercial vessel is responsible for
providing each person onboard with the safety information required
for use of the MD0451. See page 3 for information.
General - When fully inflated, this Inflatable PFD will provide Type III
in-water performance. This Inflatable PFD will turn most wearers from a
face down to a face up position and provide support suitable for offshore
conditions. See page 13 for re-arming instructions.
Inflatable PFDs are not approved for water skiing or other high-speed
activities. This Inflatable PFD was designed to be more comfortable and
less restrictive to wear than inherently buoyant PFDs. When worn, used
and serviced according to this owner’s manual, this PFD can greatly
increase your chances of survival in the water. Not recommended for
non-swimmers or weak swimmers. Users of inflatable PFDs must be
at least 16 years old.
Federal regulations in 33 CFR 175-1993 require you to carry Coast Guard
approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) legibly marked with the Coast
Guard approval number which are in good and serviceable condition
and are the correct size for each person on board. To be considered
serviceable, this PFD shall not exhibit deterioration that could diminish
its performance such as broken or deformed hardware, detached
webbing, rotted structural components, air leaks, or nonfunctional oral
inflation tube. Unless worn inflated, this PFD must also be properly
armed with a full CO2 cylinder, inflation system status indicator, and a
manual inflation pull-tab accessible outside the user’s right front panel
cover (Fig. 1). The chest buckle, on the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM, must
be fastened after inflation.
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NOTE TO UNINSPECTED COMMERCIAL VESSEL
OPERATORS
The operator of the vessel is required to provide the following user
information to each person on board.
Inflatable PFDs will not provide any buoyancy without being inflated.
Follow these instructions to be sure your PFD is armed and donned
correctly, and that you understand how to inflate the device.
Basic visual inspection for readiness, see p. 6
Inflation system status check, see p. 6
Donning, see p. 6
Inflation, see p. 8
WHY ARE PFDS REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT?
Drownings are the leading cause of fatalities involving recreational and
commercial vessels. A PFD provides flotation to help keep your head
above water, help you to stay face up in the water, and increase your
chances for survival and rescue. Most adults only need an extra 7 to 12 lb
(3.2 to 5.5 kg) of flotation to keep their heads above water. The
proper size PFD will properly support the weight of the wearer.
Since this Inflatable PFD does not have inherent buoyancy, it provides
flotation only when inflated. Familiarize yourself with the use of this
Inflatable PFD so you know what to do in an emergency.
WHAT IS AN INFLATABLE PFD?
Congratulations on the purchase of your Inflatable Vest with Patent
Pending LIFTTM [Life-saving Inflatable Flotation Technology]. LIFTTM is
different from all other inflatable PFD’s. In general, inflatable PFD’s are
designed to suspend a user’s head above water to prevent drowning.
The Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM provides freeboard that far exceeds the
minimal 3” generally provided. LIFTTM elevates you to an upright safe
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position and delivers up to 9” of freeboard, the highest ever seen in
a PFD, keeping your mouth high above the water line to minimize the
risk of mouth immersions. Not only is LIFTTM one of the world’s best
performing PFD’s in wave conditions, but it’s comfortable too. Light and
ergonomically designed – you can’t even tell you’re wearing it until you
need it.
While traditional PFDs are inherently buoyant, inflatable PFDs like the
Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM rely entirely upon inflation for buoyancy.
Uninflated, the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is comfortable and can be
inflated at any time with a 38-gram CO2 gas cylinder. The Inflatable Vest
with LIFTTM is designed to meet the demands of a full protection PFD
offering maximum mobility with minimum bulk. The Inflatable Vest with
LIFTTM can be inflated either automatically during immersion, manually
by jerking a pull-tab, or by mouth. It is imperative that you familiarize
yourself with the procedures outlined in INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE (p. 4).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
This manual supplies instructional, maintenance and safety information
for model MD0450 unless specified otherwise. The model number is
listed on the label.
FIGURE 1
MD0450 Unpacked
Velcro Tab
TM
Oral Inflator
Cover Panel
Window
Chest Strap
Hydrostatic
Inflator
FOLD #1
Chest
Buckle
FOLD #3
FOLD #2
Right Lobe
Waist Belt
Pull-tab
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FOLD #1
FOLD #3
Front Buckle
FOLD #2
Left Lobe
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FIGURE 2
Hydrostatic Inflator Cap
Water Inlet Valve
Black Locking Ring
Single
Point
Status
Indicator
Yellow Inflator Cap
Cap/Locking Ring
Tabs
Lanyard
Inflator
Body
Expiry
Date
Manual Inflation
Pull-tab
Uninspected Commercial Vessel Use
This Inflatable PFD is not approved for “hot work” and care must be
taken to avoid damage from abrasion and sharp objects.
Component Inspection Instructions
1) Examine the single point indicator through the window panel. Ensure
the single point indicator is green. If the single point indicator is red,
the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted (Fig. 2). See
RE-ARMING YOUR PFD (p. 13).
NOTE: The single point indicator must be green before
proceeding.
2) Open the cover at wearer’s right-hand side of the chest and lay the
device flat.
3) Ensure the oral-inflation dust cap is in the stowed position (Fig. 22).
4) Ensure the single point indicator is green and the pull-tab lanyard is
hanging on the outside; secure the zippers on the Inflatable Vest with
LIFTTM (see Repacking, p. 17).
5) Ensure the date on the inflator is not five years or older (Fig. 2). If it
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is, replace the inflator (see Re-arming Your PFD, p. 13).
Readiness Checklist
Check your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM and ensure all of the checkpoints
listed below are true before each use.
■ Single point indicator is green.
■ Ensure the current date is not past the date on the inflator. If it is,
replace the inflator (see Re-arming Your PFD, p. 13).
■ All zippers, Velcro™ and waist buckle are securely fastened.
■ Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is not twisted.
■ Harness, if provided, the shoulder straps are through the shoulder
strap harness closures and no straps are twisted (p. 22).
■ Oral-inflation dust cap is in the stowed position (Fig. 22).
■ Ensure the inflation pull-tab is hanging on the outside (Fig. 33).
■ No rips, tears or holes; all seams are securely sewn; and the fabric,
straps and hardware are still strong.
Your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is ready for use if all boxes are checked.
NOTE: Contact your Mustang Dealer if you have any concerns
about the readiness of your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
Donning Instructions
It is important that the PFD is properly adjusted to fit the person wearing
it. An incorrect fit or improper fastening of attachments could reduce its
effectiveness.
1) Put the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM on just like a jacket (Fig. 3). If
the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is already inflated prior to donning,
it may be excessively tight while donning. If so, expel some air by
depressing the oral tube valve, don the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM,
and refill Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM by mouth using the oral tube.
When used with harness MA1900, the bottom of the belt must
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always be worn at least 2 inches (5 cm) above the lowest rib and
adjusted to a tight personal fit.
2) Fasten the front waist belt buckle (Fig 3). Adjust the waist belt to a
secure fit using the front adjuster on the belt.
NOTE: Do not wear the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM under
other clothing or harness systems as the inflation could be
restricted and you could be injured.
FIGURE 3
3) Fasten the middle buckle (Fig. 4). Adjust the middle belt to a secure
fit using the front adjuster on the belt.
FIGURE 4
IMPORTANT: Ensure the
chest buckle is fastened,
when inflated (Fig. 4).
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4) Feed the loose end of the waist belt into the belt opening in the
storage pocket (Fig. 5).
FIGURE 5
Inflation
It is recommended that the following procedures be followed to inflate
your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
Manual Inflation
1) Activate the inflation system by grasping the inflation pull-tab at the
bottom right and jerk firmly downward. The PFD should fully inflate
within 5 seconds (Fig. 6).
NOTE: Deflation may occur if the CO2 cylinder is removed
while the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is inflated.
FIGURE 6
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2) Fasten the chest straps (Fig. 7) and adjust to a snug fit.
Important: Ensure the chest buckle is fastened, when inflated.
FIGURE 7
Fastened
Chest Strap
Automatic Backup Inflation
Inflation will occur automatically within 5 seconds after the inflator
is immersed in water. The water-sensing element will disintegrate,
triggering a spring-loaded plunger, which punctures the CO2 cylinder
inflating the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (Fig. 7).
NOTE: When inflated, the carbon dioxide (CO2 gas) used to inflate
PFDs will slowly escape through the cell over time. A slight
reduction of pressure will be observed after several hours of
inflation. Topping up by oral inflation may be required in the
event of prolonged immersion.
Oral Inflation
Properly armed and inspected Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM PFDs will inflate
when manually or automatically activated. However, you can fully inflate
the PFD by mouth (Fig. 8) should inflation not occur, or if you are in a
non-emergency situation.
To orally inflate the PFD, first locate the oral inflation tube by opening
the wearer’s right front panel cover of the PFD. Then remove the dust cap
from the end of the oral tube and blow into the tube until the PFD is
fully inflated.
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It may be neccessary to manually release the VelcroTM tabs for full
inflation because oral inflation may not provide sufficient pressure to
open the tabs.
WARNING: CO2 inflation could over-pressurize and damage your
PFD if already orally inflated.
FIGURE 8
In-water Adjustments
Follow these instructions to adjust the waist belt, when wearing the
Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM in the water.
To tighten:
a. Grasp the loose end with the left hand. Pull the webbing to your
right side (away from the buckle) (Fig. 9).
b. Simultaneously grasp the waist belt along the body with the right
hand (approximately 6 inches to the right of the buckle), and feed
the webbing into the buckle.
FIGURE 9
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To loosen:
a. Simultaneously grasp and hold the waist belt with the left hand as
you grasp the lobe on the right side with the right hand and pull
away from the center (Fig. 10).
FIGURE 10
Waist Belt
Special Considerations for Automatic Devices
The PFD might not be armed when needed, either knowingly or unknowingly. Premature automatic inflation causes several risks that you must
address to avoid drowning. Much less common but also important are:
1) Double inflation (CO2 cylinder inflation after full oral inflation) could
damage the PFD,
2) Inflation when stored in a tight space could damage the PFD, and
3) The PFD could inflate when you are in an awkward place or position.
If this PFD should inflate, a re-arm kit (MA7218), with a valid installby-date, is required to re-arm the device.
IMPORTANT: The PFD should be re-armed according to the
Re-arming Your PFD instructions (p. 13).
Deflation
1) To deflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM, reverse the oral inflation
tube dust cap and insert it into the valve or depress valve with a
fingertip. The dust cap will not lock in the deflate position so it is
necessary to hold it in place (Fig. 11).
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2) Gently squeeze the Vest until all air or gas has been expelled (Fig.
11). Do not ring or twist (see Re-arming Your PFD (p. 13) and
Repacking (p. 17) sections of this manual).
FIGURE 11
Oral inflation tube
Usage Below Freezing
When the temperature is below freezing, a fully discharged cylinder
may not adequately inflate your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM Under these
conditions use the oral inflator to top-up the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM
It may be neccessary to manually release the VelcroTM tabs for full
inflation because oral inflation may not provide sufficient pressure to
open the tabs.
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Re-arming Your PFD
NOTE: A valid re-arm kit (MA7218) is required for this procedure.
1) Place the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM on a smooth, flat surface and
wipe off any water. Access the inflator by reaching under the cover
and pull it toward you, turning the cell and cover inside-out to fully
expose the inflator for re-arming. Hold the CO2 cylinder through the
fabric, using one hand (Fig. 12).
FIGURE 12
2) Insert the metal key between the black locking ring and labeled
yellow cap. Turn the key counter-clockwise (Fig. 13).
FIGURE 13
Locking Ring
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3) Turn the black locking ring counter-clockwise and lift off the cap
(yellow inflator operating head Fig. 14). Dispose of the used cap.
FIGURE 14
Cap
4) Squeeze the sealing ring to elongate and remove the inflator body
(Fig. 15).
FIGURE 15
Red Indicator
Inflator Body
Sealing Ring
5) Dispose of the used inflator body.
FIGURE 16
Red Indicator
Trash
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6) Check that the new inflator body indicator is green. Insert the new
inflator body with CO2 cylinder pointing upward inside the Inflatable
PFD (Fig. 17). Let the sealing ring rest on the adapter around the four
lugs.
FIGURE 17
Green Indicator
Caution:
Do not turn
the center
shaft
7) Now check the new manual/automatic cap as follows (Fig. 18):
1. Is the single point status indicator showing green?
2. Is the expiry day OK?
If YES is the answer to both questions, then proceed as follows. If the
answer is NO to either question, get a new cap.
FIGURE 18
Single
Point
Indicator
Water
Inlet
Valve
Expiry
8) Hold the CO2 cylinder through the fabric of the Inflatable Vest with
LIFTTM (Fig. 19). Position the replacement cap with the water inlet
valve pointing to the right and press firmly onto the inflator body
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and sealing ring (Fig. 20).
FIGURE 19
FIGURE 20
9) While pressing FIRMLY onto the inflator body, turn the BLACK
locking ring clockwise into the locked position (Fig. 21). Pull on the
cap to make sure it has locked onto the inflator body.
FIGURE 21
Black
Locking
Ring
Lanyard
10) Check: To see that the single point status indicator on the cap is
green; the pull to inflate lanyard is present and that the locking ring
is locked.
11) Refold the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM in accordance with the
Repacking section (p. 17).
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Repacking
IMPORTANT: Carefully read the entire Repacking instructions to
achieve a properly packed Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM
If your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM has been used and/or the hydrostatic
inflator replaced, always inflate through the oral tube and check that it
stays inflated at least overnight. With the dust cap in the top of the oral
tube, gently squeeze the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM until all air or gas
has been expelled (Fig. 11). Do not wring or twist the Inflatable Vest with
LIFTTM. Put the oral tube dust cap back in its stowed position on the oral
tube (Fig. 22). Let the life jacket dry before packing.
1) Before repacking:
• Completely deflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (see Deflation
p. 11).
•
Remove the optional harness (MA1900), if equipped.
NOTE: Before following the repacking sequence, be sure to
properly re-arm your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM See Re-arming
Your PFD (p.13).
2) Ensure the oral-inflation dust cap is fitted in the stowed position
(Fig. 22).
FIGURE 22
Dust cap
in stowed
position
Dust cap
position for
deflation
3) Open both front panel covers. Adjust the waist belt and chest belt
buckles to their full lengths so that the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is
laid out flat (Fig. 23 shows the right lobe, as worn).
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FIGURE 23
FOLD #1
FOLD #3
FOLD #2
Right Lobe
4) Lay out flat the right lobe (as it is worn). Shift the left lobe (as it is
worn) on the waist belt to fully extend the right lobe for folding.
NOTE: The numbered fold lines, on the diagram, are provided
to assist with packing. Make each fold towards yourself.
5) Fold the right lobe (as it is worn) over on the Fold #1 dashed line
(Fig. 24). Note that the right lobe has the inflator with cylinder.
FIGURE 24
FOLD #3
FOLD #2
Right Lobe
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6) Continuing with the right lobe, fold it over on the Fold #2 dashed
line (Fig. 25). Ensure that the bladder is tucked under the inflator to
prevent it from blocking the indicator window (Point A).
FIGURE 25
A
D #3
7) Fold the bottom portion of the lobe over (Fig. 26).
a. Position the lobe so it does not cover the inflator (Point A).
b. Put the inflator pull-tab through the opening in the cover (Point
B).
c. Position the chest buckle under the cover (Point C).
FIGURE 26
C
B
A
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8) Fold the lobe over on the Fold #3 dashed line (Fig. 27).
a. Position the folded lobe so it does not cover the inflator (Point
A).
FIGURE 27
A
9) Fold the cover panel down so that it covers the lobe (Fig. 28).
FIGURE 28
TM
10) Mustang Survival uses advanced 2-step zippers - SecureZIP . Find the
left zipper tail and ZIP 1 - Reset the 2-step zipper by pulling the
slider to the Velcro™ tab (Fig. 29). ZIP 2 - Close by pulling slider in
the opposite direction to the end the zipper (Fig. 30). Ensure that the
Inflatable cell does not get caught by the zipper when closing.
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FIGURE 29
FIGURE 30
11) Tuck in the zipper tail, so it is not exposed (Fig. 31).
FIGURE 31
Zipper
Tail
12) The right lobe should now be fastened closed and the inflator should
be visible through the clear window. The inflator pull-tab should be
located just outside the opening in the cover (Fig. 31).
NOTE: Ensure the chest buckle does not extend outside of the
lobe, it should sit under the cover.
13) Repeat steps 3-12 for the left lobe (as it is worn). Note that the left
lobe does not have an inflator or indicator window.
14) Turn over the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM and fold the back flap up
and fasten the three (3) VelcroTM tabs (Fig. 32).
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FIGURE 32
Right Lobe
15) Use the adjustable waist belt to size to fit. When complete, the
garment should appear as shown (Fig. 33) and be secure for use or
storage.
FIGURE 33
MA1900 SAILING HARNESS (USE WITH MD0450 ONLY)
The sailing harness is designed to prevent the user from falling
overboard when used with a tether with a quick-release under-load
release hook and has been designed and tested in accordance with
Offshore Racing Council (ORC) requirements. Care and attention must be
taken to ensure that the harness is used and maintained correctly.
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The harness is to be worn by individuals that are at least 5 feet 5 inches
tall. The harness should be worn as high on the chest as possible.
However, in all cases, the belt should be worn at least 2 inches above
the lowest rib measured from the bottom of the belt and should not be
used if it does not fit in this manner. Adjust the harness by donning the
harness and using the sliders so that it is as snug as tolerable. Failure
to adjust the harness properly could result in injury. The harness may
now be inserted into the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (MD0450 only, see
INSERTING THE MA1900 SAILING HARNESS, p. 22).
When attached to the boat; use a tether of less than 6 feet 6 inches in
length with quick-release under-load hardware.
Ensure that a tether, if used, is secured to both harness rings (MD0450
only).
WARNING: Use of a sailing harness to prevent falls overboard
presents several risks. In case of capsizing or sinking, the boat
may take you down. As such, ensure that any tether used has
quick-release under-load hardware. This harness has not been
designed for fall arrest, lifting or climbing and should not be
relied upon in any of these instances.
US Coast Guard approval does not apply to this harness and the
potential for injury has not been assessed.
INSERTING THE MA1900 SAILING HARNESS
Use this section if you are using a MA1900 Sailing Harness with the
Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (Model MD0450 only).
1) Put the MA1900 Sailing Harness on as you would a vest, and fasten
and adjust the belt to fit (see Adjusting the MA1900 Sailing Harness,
p. 27). The label should be facing towards the body (not visible).
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FIGURE 34
2) Put the packed Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM on over the MA1900
Harness. Don’t fasten the waist buckle.
3) Place the MA1900 Sailing Harness left ring through the Inflatable
Vest with LIFTTM left elastic loop and the right ring through the right
elastic loop (Fig. 35). Ensure the buckles pass through the elastic
loops, with the rings.
FIGURE 35
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4) Secure the right sailing harness ring by fastening the right sailing
harness ring strap (Fig. 36). Repeat for the left sailing harness ring.
FIGURE 36
5) Lay out the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (MD0450) with the inside
facing up.
6) Open the four harness closures and enclose the harness straps by
fastening the Velcro strips (Fig. 37).
FIGURE 37
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7) The Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (MD0450) with integrated MA1900
Harness should appear as in Fig. 38.
FIGURE 38
8) The Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (MD0450) with integrated MA1900
Harness is shown with dashed lines under the vest (Fig. 39).
FIGURE 39
Harness Closures
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ADJUSTING THE MA1900 SAILING HARNESS
Use this section if you are using a MA1900 Sailing Harness with the
Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM (Model MD0450 only).
Put the harness on and adjust the harness to a tight personal fit when
the harness rings are tethered. Adjust by pulling (to tighten) or letting
out (to loosen) the free end of left-side body strap in relation to the strap
adjuster (Fig. 40). To test fit, pull the harness rings together. Re-adjust as
required.
WARNING: The harness must be adjusted to fit prior to inflation.
Once the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM is inflated, the harness may
no longer be adjusted.
Repack the PFD in accordance with the Repacking instructions (p. 17).
FIGURE 40
IS YOUR PFD IN GOOD AND SERVICEABLE CONDITION?
Check your PFD between outings to be sure that it is properly armed,
as shown by green single point indicator; that it is free of rips, tears or
holes; that all seams are securely sewn; and that the fabric, straps and
hardware are still strong. Inspect the inflatable portion of the PFD in
accordance with the CARE AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS (p. 28).
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Federal Regulations require Coast Guard approved personal flotation
devices (PFDs) that are legibly marked with the Coast Guard approval
number, are in good and serviceable condition, and are the correct size
for each person on board. It is the responsibility of the wearer to be sure
this PFD is in serviceable condition. To be considered serviceable, this PFD
shall not exhibit deterioration that could diminish its performance, such
as broken or deformed hardware, detached webbing, rotted structural
components, air leaks or nonfunctional inflators. Unless worn inflated,
this PFD must also be properly armed with a cylinder installed in the
inflator, and single point status indicator showing green. See Page 4 for
instructions. Failure to follow these instructions rigorously could result in
a non-functioning PFD causing injury or death.
Check the following at the intervals listed below.
1) Before Each Use:
i) Examine the single point status indicator through the window
panel, ensuring it is green. If the indicator is red, the mechanism
requires service. See Re-arming Your PFD, p. 13.
ii) Ensure the manual pull-tab is accessible.
iii) Visually examine your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM for damage or
excessive abrasion, wear, tear or contamination. Particular attention
must be paid to the stitching, straps and hardware. If in doubt, send
it to your Mustang dealer for evaluation and/or servicing.
2) Every Two (2) Months:
i) Leak Test: The Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM should be tested for
general leakage by orally inflating your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM
until firm and let stand 16 hours. A leaking Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM
will not hold its firmness and should be replaced. If your Inflatable
Vest with LIFTTM leaks, take it to your Mustang dealer for evaluation
and/or servicing. Repack the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM as outlined in
the Repacking section (p. 17).
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ii) Oral Inflation Valve Test: To check the oral inflation valve, fully
inflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM using the oral inflator and hold
valve under water. If bubbles appear, deflate and re-inflate to test
again. Should the leak persist, take your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM to
your Mustang dealer for evaluation and/or servicing.
CAUTION: To avoid accidental inflation, don't allow the water
to contact the hydrostatic inflator.
iii) Perform a thorough visual examination. See Readiness
Checklist (p. 6).
Perform these tests more often if exposed to potential damage or
used in extreme conditions.
3) After Each Inflation - Re-arm the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM. See
Re-arming Your PFD, p. 13.
4) Annually - Perform the following at the beginning of each boating
season, after inflation, or whenever the integrity of the Inflatable
Vest with LIFTTM is in doubt:
i) Check all components for dirt or corrosion. Clean or replace, as
neccessary. See Readiness Checklist (p. 6).
ii) Visually examine your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM for damage or
excessive abrasion, wear, tear or contamination. Particular attention
must be paid to the stitching, straps and hardware. If in doubt, send
it to your Mustang dealer for evaluation and/or servicing.
iii) Perform the Leak Test. See the Leak Test (section 2) i) in the Care
and Maintenance Instructions).
iv) Perform the Oral Inflation Valve Test: See the Oral Inflation Valve
Test (section 2) ii) in the Care and Maintenance Instructions).
v) Ensure the current date is not past the date on the inflator. If it
is, replace the inflator (see Re-arming Your PFD, p. 13).
vi) Ensure the single point status indicator is green (Fig. 2).
vii) Record as an "Annual" inspection in permanent ink on the Care
and Storage label, in the Date Maintained column.
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Repack the Inflatable PFD as outlined in the Repacking section (p. 17).
WARNING: If you are not confident in the self-inspection and
servicing of your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM in accordance with
these instructions, take your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM to a
Mustang dealer for professional servicing or contact Mustang
Survival (see contact information on back of manual).
Cleaning and Storing
To avoid inflation, do not submerge the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM or
directly spray the inflator. Hand wash or sponge down the Inflatable
PFD in warm, soapy water. Rinse the PFD and inflator with clean water,
using a clean rinse cloth. Hang the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM to dry on a
plastic coat hanger. Do not dry clean.
Always store your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM in a warm, dry place out of
direct sunlight.
HOW AND WHY TO TEST YOUR PFD
Inflate your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM and try it out in the water to:
·
Make sure it floats you:
• Comfortably (when worn properly)
• Adequately for expected wave conditions (body shapes/
densities affect performance)
·
Make sure it works:
• A flow of bubbles should not appear (see CARE AND
MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS for leak tests p. 28). It should
inflate quick and easily.
·
Learn how it works by:
• Activating the CO2 inflation system
• Re-arming the CO2 inflation system
• Using the oral inflator tube
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HOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USING THE AUTOMATIC
INFLATOR?
The U.S.Coast Guard recommends that you purchase at least one spare
re-arming kit (MA7218).
1) To test your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM, you will need your fully
armed Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM, and re-arming kit (MA7218)
approved for your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
2) Put on the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
3) Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with
your head above the surface. Once the inflator is underwater, 4
inches or so, the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM should fully inflate
automatically within 5 seconds.
4) See if the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM will float you on your back or
just slightly back of vertical. In a relaxed floating position, verify
that your mouth is well above the water’s surface. Note the effect of
where you hold your legs on how you float.
5) Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
6) Deflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM by depressing the oral inflator
valve (see Deflation p. 11). Remove the used inflator.
7) Let the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM dry thoroughly. Re-arm (p. 13) and
Repack the PFD (p. 17).
HOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USING THE MANUAL
INFLATOR?
The U.S.Coast Guard recommends that you purchase at least one spare
re-arming kit (MA7218).
1) To test your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM, you will need your fully
armed Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM, and re-arming kit approved for
your Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM: MA7218.
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2) Put on the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
3) Actuate the inflation system by jerking firmly downward on the
pull-tab. The Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM should fully inflate within 5
seconds.
4) Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with
your head above the surface.
5) See if the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM will float you on your back or
just slightly back of vertical. In a relaxed floating position, verify
that your mouth is well above the water’s surface. Note the effect of
where you hold your legs and how you float.
6) Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
Completely deflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM using the oral
inflator (see Deflation p. 11).
7) Let the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM dry thoroughly. Re-arm (p. 13) and
Repack the PFD (p. 17).
HOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USING THE ORAL
INFLATOR?
This test is not mandatory, however may be conducted using the
following procedure.
WARNING: Use only a previously fired hydrostatic inflator to
perform this test . DO NOT test with a fully armed hydrostatic
inflator as double inflation may occur, possibly resulting in cell
damage.
1) No spare parts or re-arming kits are needed to test your Inflatable
PFD.
2) Put on the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
3) Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with
your head above the surface.
4) If you are a weak swimmer or non-swimmer, inflate the Inflatable
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Vest with LIFTTM partially so that you are supported well enough to
be able to complete inflation without touching bottom, either orally
or manually. Note this level of inflation because it is the minimumn
needed for you to safely use this Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
5) Fully inflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM using the oral inflato .
It may be neccessary to manually release the VelcroTM tabs for full
inflation because oral inflation may not provide sufficient pressure to
open the tabs.
6) See if the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM will float you on your back or
just slightly back of vertical. In a relaxed floating position, verify
that your mouth is well above the water’s surface. Note the effect of
where you hold your legs and how you float
7) Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM.
Completely deflate the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM using the oral
inflator (see Deflation p. 11).
8) Let the Inflatable Vest with LIFTTM dry thoroughly. Re-arm (p. 13) and
Repack the PFD (p. 17).
Re-assemble inflation system parts and repack the Inflatable Vest with
LIFTTM.
WEAR YOUR PFD
In approximately 80 percent of all boating fatalities, the victims were
not wearing a PFD. Most fatal accidents happen on calm sunny days. This
inflatable PFD is much more comfortable to wear than other PFD types.
Get into the habit of wearing this PFD.
Non-swimmers and children especially should wear a hybrid or
non-inflatable PFD at all times when on or near the water.
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HYPOTHERMIA
Prolonged exposure to cold water causes a condition known as
hypothermia – a substantial loss of body heat, which leads to
exhaustion and unconsciousness. Most drowning victims first suffer from
hypothermia. The following chart shows the effects of hypothermia: how
hypothermia affects most adults.
How hypothermia affects most adults
Water
Temperature ˚C (˚F)
0.3
0.3–4
4–10
10–16
16–21
21–27
Over 27
(33)
(33–40)
(40–50)
(50–60)
(60–70)
(70–80)
(over 80)
Exhaustion or
Unconsciousness
Expected
Time of Survival
Under 15 min.
15–30 min.
30–60 min.
1–2 hrs.
2–7 hrs.
2–12 hrs.
Indefinite
Under 15–45 min.
30–90 min.
1–3 hrs
1–6 hrs.
2–40 hrs.
3 hrs. to Indefinite
Indefinite
PFDs can increase survival time because they allow you to float without
using energy treading water and because of their insulating properties.
Naturally, the warmer the water, the less insulation you will require.
When operating in cold waters [below 60°F (15.6°C)] you should
consider using a coat or jacket style PFD or a Type V Thermal Protective
PFD as they cover more of the body than the vest or belt style PFDs.
Some Points to Remember About Hypothermia Protection:
1) Always wear your PFD. Even if you become incapacitated due to
hypothermia, the PFD will keep you afloat and greatly improve your
chances of rescue.
2) Do not attempt to swim unless it is to reach a nearby craft, fellow
survivor, or a floating object on which you can lean or climb.
Swimming increases the rate of body heat loss. In cold water, drownproofing methods that require putting your head in the water are
not recommended. Keep your head out of the water. This will greatly
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lessen heat loss and increase your survival time.
3) Use the standard H.E.L.P. position when wearing an inflatable PFD,
drawing the legs up to a seated position, because doing so will help
you conserve body heat (Fig. 41).
4) Keep a positive attitude about your survival and rescue. This will
improve your chances of extending your survival time until rescued.
Your will-to-live does make a difference!
5) If there is more than one person in the water, huddling is
recommended while waiting to be rescued. This action tends to
reduce the rate of heat loss and thus increase the survival time.
FIGURE 41
EACH OF THESE DEVICES IS INTENDED TO HELP YOU
SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE
For your PFD to function properly, follow these suggestions to verify that
it fits, floats, and remains in good condition.
1) Check the inflation mechanism status indicator before each use.
2) Get in the habit of re-arming the inflation mechanism immediately
after each CO2 inflation (be sure the inflator is dry before re-arming).
3) Try your wearable PFD on and adjust it until it fits comfortably in
and out of the water.
4) Mark your PFD with your name if you are the only wearer.
5) Do not alter your PFD. If it doesn’t fit properly, get one that does.
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An altered device is no longer Coast Guard approved.
6) Your PFD is not intended for use as a fender or kneeling pad.
7) If your PFD is wet, allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it.
Store it in a well-ventilated area.
8) Do not dry your PFD in front of a radiator or other source of
direct heat.
Safety Accessories
For MD0450 and MD0451, use MA7218 Re-arm Kit, 38-gram CO2
replacement cylinder and inflator body.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you need more information about PFDs and safe boating, contact your
state boating authority, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron,
Red Cross, or your nearest unit of the U.S. Coast Guard. To find out about
free boating courses in your area call 1-800-336-BOAT (in Virginia, call
800-245-BOAT).
DO NOT ATTACH PFD’S TO YOUR BOAT
Each PFD has straps, hooks, buckles, or other means for securing the
device in place on the wearer. Some PFDs also incorporate decorative
D-rings or tabs. Such items are not to be used to attach the device
to the boat. Attaching the device to the boat will not permit it to perform
as intended.
NOTE: The MA1900 Harness is intended for attaching to a boat
with a quick-release under-load tether secured to both harness
rings. Do not attach the MA1900 Harness to the boat using any
other means.
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AIRLINE OPERATOR POLICY ON CARRIAGE OF
INFLATABLE PFDS AND CO2 CARTRIDGES
Please be aware that the following regulations apply to the air transport
of this product. According to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT),
PHMSA - the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Title 49 CFR 75.10(a)(25): With the approval of the aircraft operator, one
small carbon dioxide cylinder (not installed), plus one spare cartridge,
may be carried by a passenger or crew as checked baggage.
Please refer to the governing body’s documentation, found online at
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/
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