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Owners Manual MD3085 Inflatable PFD Manual Inflation Model Recreational USCG Approved Type IIIUninspected Commercial Vessels USCG Approved Type V MD3087 Inflatable PFD Manual with Automatic Backup Inflation Model Recreational USCG Approved Type IIUninspected Commercial Vessels USCG Approved Type V DO NOT REMOVE PRIOR TO 1 Approval Conditions and Carriage Regulations 1 Note to Uninspected Commercial Vessel Operators 2 Why are PFDs Required Safety Equipment 2 What is an Inflatable PFD 2 Instructions for Use 3 Uninspected Commercial Vessel Use 3 Component Inspection Instructions 4 Readiness Checklist 4 Sizing and Fit 4 Donning Instructions 5 Inflating Your Inflatable PFD 7 Special Considerations for Automatic Devices MD3087 7 Deflating the Inflatable PFD 8 Usage Below Freezing 8 Rearming Your PFD MD3085 10 Rearming Your PFD MD3087 13 Repacking 14 Is Your PFD in Good and Servicable Condition 14 Care and Maintenance Instructions 16 Cleaning and Storing of Your Inflatable PFD MD3085 17 Cleaning and Storing of Your Inflatable PFD MD3087 17 How and Why to Test Your PFD 18 Model MD3087 18 How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Automatic Inflator MD3087 19 How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Manual Inflator 19 How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Oral Inflator 20 Wear Your PFD 20 Hypothermia 22 Each of These Devices is Intended to Help You Save Your Own Life 22 Inflatable PFD Safety Accessories 23 Additional PFD Owners Manual iAPPROVAL CONDITIONS AND CARRIAGE This Inflatable PFD is approved by the US Coast GuardUSCG for use as a Type III Model MD3085 Type II Model MD3087Personal Flotation Device PFD They are not approved for water skiingor other high impact highspeed activitiesThis Inflatable PFD was designed to be more comfortable and to wear than inherently buoyant PFDs When worn used andserviced according to this owners manual this Inflatable PFD can your chances of survival in the water Not recommended fornonswimmers or weak swimmers Users of inflatable PFDs must be atleast 16 years oldCommercial Models MD3085 and MD3087 are US Coast Guardapproved Type V inflatable PFDs approved ONLY WHEN WORN for use onuninspected commercial vessels less than 40 feet in length not for hire as a substitute for a Type III PFD MD3085 Type IIPFD MD3087 when used in accordance with this owners for Type V Approval in commercial applications1 The Inflatable PFD must be worn before getting underway and whenever above deck and not within an enclosed space to meet the carriage requirement2 The operator of an uninspected commercial vessel is responsible for servicing and maintaining the Inflatable PFD in good serviceable condition in accordance with this owners manual See Care and Maintenance Instructions p 14 for servicing information3 The operator of an uninspected commercial vessel is responsible for providing each person onboard with the safety information required for use of the Inflatable PFD See page 1 for TO UNINSPECTED COMMERCIAL operator of the vessel is required to provide the following to each person on PFDs will not provide any buoyancy without being inflatedFollow these instructions to be sure your PFD is armed and donned1 Inflatable PFD Owners and that you understand how to inflate the deviceBasic visual inspection for readiness see p 3Inflation system status check see p 4Donning see p 4Inflation see p 5WHY ARE PFDS REQUIRED SAFETY are the leading cause of fatalities involving A PFD provides flotation to help keep your head above waterhelp you to stay face up in the water and increase your chances forsurvival and rescue Most adults only need an extra 7 to 12 kgs 154 to264 lb of flotation to keep their heads above water The proper size PFDwill properly support the weight of the wearerSince this Inflatable PFD does not have inherent buoyancy it only when inflated Familiarize yourself with the use of thisInflatable PFD so you know what to do in an emergencyWHAT IS AN INFLATABLE PFDWhile traditional PFDs are inherently buoyant inflatable PFDs relyentirely on inflation for buoyancy Uninflated the Inflatable PFD is acomfortable slim collar that can be inflated at any time with a 33gramCO2 gas cylinder The Inflatable PFD is designed to offer with minimum bulk The Inflatable PFD MD3085 can beinflated either manually by jerking a pulltab or orally by mouth TheInflatable PFD MD3087 can be inflated either automatically duringwater immersion manually by jerking a pulltab or orally by mouth It isrecommended that you familiarize yourself with the procedures outlinedin INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE p 2INSTRUCTIONS FOR USEThis manual supplies instructional maintenance and safety informationfor all models MD3085 and MD3087 unless specified otherwise Themodel number is listed on the underside PFD Owners Manual on your Inflatable PFD Commercial Vessel UseThis Inflatable PFD is not approved for hot work and care must betaken to avoid damage from abrasion and sharp Inspection Instructions1 Examine the service indicator through the window panel Fig 1 Ensure the service indicator is green If the service indicator is red the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted see Rearming Your PFD for your model NOTE The service indicator must be green before proceeding2 Undo the VelcroTM strips along both sides of the PFDFIGURE 1 Manual Inflator MD3085 Service Indicator Automatic Inflator MD3087 Service Indicator3 Ensure the oralinflation dust cap is in the stowed position Fig 64 Ensure the service indicator is green and the pulltab lanyard is3 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual hanging on the outside Fig 1 secure the VelcroTM strips on both sides of the Inflatable PFD5 For the MD3087 only Ensure the bobbin is valid The PFD or bobbin must have been purchased within the last three 3 years If the purchase date is unknown check the date printed on the bobbin and replace if older than three 3 years see Rearming Your PFD MD3087 p 10Readiness ChecklistCheck your Inflatable PFD and ensure all of the checkpoints listed beloware true before use Service indicator is green Fig 1 No rips tears or holes all seams are securely sewn and the fabric straps and hardware are still strong All VelcroTM and waist belt are securely fastened Inflatable PFD is not twisted Oralinflation dust cap is in the stowed position Fig 6 For the MD3087 only Ensure the bobbin is valid The PFD or bobbin must have been purchased within the last three 3 years If the purchase date is unknown check the date printed on the bobbin and replace if older than three 3 years see Rearming Your PFD MD3087 p 10Your Inflatable PFD is ready for use if all applicable boxes are checkedNOTE Contact your Mustang Dealer if you have any concernsabout the readiness of your Inflatable PFDSizing and FitThis PFD provides a minimum of 337 lbs of buoyancy when inflated andis designed for wearers over 16 years of age with a chest range of 3052inches 76112 cm weighing over 80 pounds 36 kgDonning InstructionsIt is important that the Inflatable PFD is properly adjusted to fit theperson wearing it An incorrect fit or improper fastening of impede its PFD Owners Manual 41 All belts and straps are already threaded correctly and only need to be adjusted for fit The belt should fit below your rib cage adjusted to a tight personal fit2 Put the Inflatable PFD on just like a jacket Fig 2 and fasten the front buckle Adjust the waist belt using the side buckle on the belt and secure the belts loose end in the belt loop WARNING Do not wear Inflatable PFDs under clothing as the inflation could be restricted or you could be injuredFIGURE 2Inflating Your Inflatable PFDIt is recommended that the following procedures be followed to inflateyour Inflatable PFD1 Manual Inflation Activate the inflation system by jerking firmly downward on the pull tab Fig 3 The Inflatable PFD should fully inflate within 5 seconds FIGURE 3 Manual Inflator Automatic Inflator MD3085 MD30875 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual2 Automatic Backup Inflation MD3087 Inflation will occur automatically within 10 seconds after the inflator is immersed in water The watersensing bobbin will disintegrate triggering a springloaded plunger which punctures the CO2 cylinder Figs 8 and 10 to inflate the Inflatable PFDInformation When inflated the carbon dioxide CO2 gas used to inflate the PFD will slowly escape through the fabric 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 very prolonged immersion IMPORTANT See Special Considerations for Automatic Devices3 Oral Inflation Properly armed and inspected Inflatable PFDs will inflate when manually or automatically activated However you can fully inflate the Inflatable PFD by mouth Fig 4 should inflation not occur or if you are in a nonemergency situation To orally inflate the Inflatable PFD first locate the oral inflation tube by opening the wearer s left front panel of the Inflatable PFD Remove the dust cap from the end of the oral tube and blow into the tube until the Inflatable PFD is fully inflated Place the oral inflator dust cap back in the stowed position Fig 6 WARNING Avoid double inflation CO2 cylinder inflation after full oral inflation as it could damage the PFD FIGURE 4Inflatable PFD Owners Manual 6Special Considerations for Automatic Inflatable PFD might not be armed when needed either knowinglyor unknowingly Premature automatic inflation causes several risksthat you must address to avoid drowning Much less common but alsoimportant are WARNING Avoid double inflation CO2 cylinder inflation after full oral inflation as it could damage the PFD1 Inflation when stored in a tight space could damage the PFD and2 The PFD could inflate when you are in an awkward place or position Premature inflation may occur in certain conditions including when the device is subjected to heavy splashing high humidity heavy fog and heavy rain Care and attention should be taken to ensure that when the device is used in these types of conditions autoinflation does not occur prematurely If this PFD should inflate prematurely a rearm kit MA7202 is required to rearm the device IMPORTANT The Inflatable PFD should be rearmed according to the instructions Rearming Your PFD MD3087 p 10Deflating the Inflatable PFD1 To deflate the Inflatable PFD reverse the oralinflation tube dust cap and insert it into the valve or depress valve with fingertip The dust cap will not lock in the deflate position so it is necessary to hold it in place Fig 52 Gently squeeze the Inflatable PFD until all air or gas has been expelled To avoid damage do not wring or twist the Inflatable PFD Put the inflation tube dust cap back in its stowed position on the oral inflation tube Fig 63 Examine the service indicator Fig 1 If the service indicator is red the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted and the inflator requires service see Rearming your PFD for your model7 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual NOTE The service indicator must be green before proceeding4 Your device is ready to be repacked see Repacking p 13FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 Oral Inflator Cap In Dust cap Dust cap Deflate Position in stowed position for position deflationUsage Below FreezingWhen the temperature is below freezing the Inflatable PFD shouldbe worn partially inflated because a fully discharged cylinder may notquickly or adequately inflate your Inflatable PFD Under these conditionsuse the oral inflator to adequately topup the PFD after CO2 CO2 inflation could overpressurize and damage yourInflatable PFD if already fully Your PFD MD3085NOTE A rearm kit MA7203 is required for this Follow instructions in the exact sequence below1 Unpack or open the Inflatable PFD so that the manual inflator is exposed Fig 72 Remove the assembly by rotating and then pull out Discard the used assembly3 Check the new assembly to ensure the oring is in place and the sensor ring is attached Fig 10 Ensure that the CO2 cylinder has not been pierced Fig 10Inflatable PFD Owners Manual 8 FIGURE 7 MD3085 Manual Inflator Cylinder Step 2 Sensor Ring Step 3 Bayonet Tab Step 4 ORing Step 3 Lever Service Step 4 Indicator Step 54 Raise and hold the lever into the inflator housing Install a new assembly by engaging bayonet tabs in housing pushing in then turning clockwise 18 turn to a full stop Fig 8 WARNING PFD WILL ONLY INFLATE IF CYLINDER IS TURNED TO A FULL STOP9 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual FIGURE 8 MD3085 Manual Inflator Tab Cylinder Piercing Pin Service Indicator 18 Turn Lever5 Examine the service indicator Fig 8 and ensure it is GREEN If the service indicator is red the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted and MD3081 the inflator andrequires MD3082 service Rearming Your PFD MD3085 p 8 Tab NOTE The service indicator must be green before proceeding Cylinder6 Refold the Inflatable PFD in accordance with the Repacking section Piercing Pin p 13 YOUR INFLATABLE PFDService MD3085 IS NOW READY FOR MANUAL USE Your PFD MD3087 18 TurnNOTE A rearm Lever kit MA7202 with a valid bobbin rearm kit packaging is required for this Follow instructions in the exact sequence below1 Unpack or open the Inflatable PFD so that the inflator is exposed Fig 92 Remove the assembly by rotating and then pull out Discard the used assembly NOTE You will damage the sensor ring if bobbin and cap are not installed first3 Remove cap by turning Fig 94 Remove bobbin from cap or housing unit Discard bobbin NOTE The yellow bobbin may remain in the housing or in the cap assembly when you remove the cap The bobbin must beInflatable PFD Owners Manual 10 removed prior to rearmingFIGURE 9 MD3087 Automatic Inflator Cap CO2 Step 3 Cylinder Step 2 Cylinder Bayonet Sensor Ring Assembly Step 9 Yellow Bobbin white side up Bayonet Step 4 Tab Step 10 HOUSING Step 4 Oring Step 9 Housing Pins Shoulder Step 8 Service Indicator Lever Step 11 Step 10 PullTab5 Check the housing to be sure it is clear and dry If necessary rinse the inflator with fresh water to remove dirt and salt Let dry before going to step 611 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual6 Inspect the bobbin If the bobbin has been fired or damaged replace it Ensure the new bobbin is valid it must have been purchased within the last three 3 years If the bobbin purchase date is unknown check the date printed on the bobbin and replace if older than three 3 years see Rearming Your PFD MD3087 p 107 IMPORTANT Bobbin yellow must be installed into the HOUSING see figure 9 white side up aligning the slots on the bobbin with the ridges inside the threaded housing The bobbin will slide in easily if installed correctly8 Install cap by screwing clockwise until it meets the housing shoulder9 Check the new assembly to ensure the oring is in place and the sensor ring is attached Fig 9 Ensure that the CO2 cylinder has not been pierced Fig 10 FIGURE 10 Solid Pierced Caution Do not use Cylinder Cylinder the Top Top assembly if either the oring or sensor Attached Broken Sensor Sensor ring is broken Ring Ring missing or damaged IMPORTANT You will damage the sensor ring if bobbin and cap are not installed first10 Push and hold the lever into the inflator housing The pullcord should be situated in the groove Fig 11 Install a new cylinder bayonet assembly by engaging bayonet tabs in housing pushing in then turning clockwise 18 turn to a full stop Fig 11 WARNING PFD WILL ONLY INFLATE IF CYLINDER IS TURNED TO A FULL STOP11 Examine the service indicator Fig 9 and ensure it is GREEN If the service indicator is red the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted and the inflator requires service SeeInflatable PFD Owners Manual 12 Rearming Your PFD MD3087 p 10 NOTE The service indicator must be green before proceeding12 Refold the Inflatable PFD in accordance with the Repacking section p 13 YOUR INFLATABLE PFD MD3087 IS NOW READY FOR MANUAL USE WITH AUTOMATIC BACKUPFIGURE 11 MD3087 Automatic Inflator Tab Cylinder Piercing Pin Service Indicator 18 Turn Groove squeeze the Inflatable PFD until all air or gas has been expelledFig 5 Do not wring or twist the Inflatable PFD Put the inflation tubedust cap back in its stowed position on the oral inflation tube Fig 6NOTE Before following the repacking sequence be sure toproperly rearm your Inflatable PFD1 Fold side A inward along the full length of the dotted line Fig 132 Fold lapel B inward along dotted lines Fasten along the full length of the VelcroTM Ensure that the Inflatable PFD is tucked under the VelcroTM strip3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 with side C and lapel D Your Inflatable PFD will look as illustrated in Fig 144 Fold down the collar E along the dotted line Fig 145 Fold the cover F up over the collar and fasten with 3 VelcroTM tabs Fig 14 inset6 Ensure the pulltab is on the outside of the folded Inflatable PFD Fig13 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual 15 depicts a correctly folded Inflatable PFD NOTE Ensure that all VelcroTM strips and tabs are fastened E F F A B D C A B D C FIGURE 12 FIGURE 14 FIGURE 13 FIGURE 15 PulltabIS YOUR PFD IN GOOD AND your Inflatable PFD between outings to be sure that it is properlyarmed that it is free of rips tears or holes that all seams are securelysewn and that the fabric straps and hardware are still strong SeeReadiness Checklist p 4 Inspect the inflatable portion of the InflatablePFD in accordance with the CARE AND MAINTENANCE AND MAINTENANCE Regulations require Coast Guard approved personal PFDs that are legibly marked with the Coast Guard approvalnumber are in good and serviceable condition and are the correct sizefor each person on board It is the responsibility of the operator to besure this PFD is in serviceable condition To be considered PFD shall not exhibit deterioration that could diminish itsperformance such as broken or deformed hardware detached webbingrotted structural components air leaks or nonfunctional inflators Unlessworn inflated this PFD must also be properly armed with a in the inflator and service indicator showing green See Page 2Inflatable PFD Owners Manual 14for instructions Failure to follow these instructions rigorously could resultin a nonfunctioning PFD causing injury or deathCheck the following at the intervals listed below1 Before Each Use i Examine the service indicator through the window panel ensuring it is green If the indicator is red the mechanism requires service See Rearming Your PFD your model p 8 or 10 ii Ensure the manual pulltab is accessible iii Visually examine your Inflatable PFD 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 andor servicing2 Every Two 2 Months i Leak Test The Inflatable PFD should be tested for general leakage by orally inflating your Inflatable PFD until firm and let stand for 16 hours A leaking Inflatable PFD will not hold its firmness and should be replaced If your Inflatable PFD leaks take it to your Mustang dealer for evaluation andor servicing Repack the Inflatable PFD as outlined in the Repacking section p 13 ii Oral Inflation Valve Test To check the oral inflation valve fully inflate the Inflatable PFD using the oral inflator and hold valve under water If bubbles appear deflate and reinflate to test again Should the leak persist take your Inflatable PFD to your Mustang dealer for evaluation andor servicing CAUTION To avoid accidental inflation dont allow the water to contact the inflator MD3087 iii Perform a thorough visual examination See Readiness Checklist p 4 Perform these tests more often if exposed to potential damage or used in extreme conditions3 After Each Inflation Rearm the Inflatable PFD See Rearming Your PFD your model p 8 or 104 Annually Perform the following at the beginning of each boating15 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual season after inflation or whenever the integrity of the Inflatable PFD is in doubt i Check all components for dirt or corrosion Clean or replace as neccessary See Readiness Checklist p 4 ii Visually examine your Inflatable PFD 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 andor servicing iii Perform the Oral Inflation Valve Test See the Oral Inflation Valve Test in the Every Two 2 Months Care and Maintenance Instructions section iv Perform the Leak Test See the Leak Test in the Every Two 2 Months Care and Maintenance Instructions section v For the MD3087 only Ensure the current date is not three 3 years past the date on the bobbin If it is rearm the inflator see Re arming Your PFD MD3087 p 10 vi Ensure the service indicator is green Fig 1 vii Record as an Annual inspection in permanent ink on the Care and Storage label in the Date Maintained columnRepack the Inflatable PFD as outlined in the Repacking section p 13 WARNING If you are not confident in the selfinspection and servicing of your Inflatable PFD in accordance with these instructions take your Inflatable PFD to a Mustang dealer for professional servicing or contact Mustang Survival see contact information on back of manualCleaning and Storing of Your Inflatable PFDMD3085To clean your Inflatable PFD remove the CO2 assemblyHand wash or sponge down the Inflatable PFD including inflator inwarm soapy water and rinse with clean water Hang to dry on a plasticcoat hanger Be sure to replace CO2 assembly See Rearming your PFD MD3085 p 8Always store your Inflatable PFD in a warm dry place out of PFD Owners Manual and Storing of Your Inflatable PFDMD3087To clean your Inflatable PFD remove the CO2 assemblycap and bobbin Keep the bobbin dry Hand wash or sponge down theInflatable PFD in warm soapy water Rinse the PFD and inflator withclean water Hang the Inflatable PFD to dry on a plastic coat hangerEnsure the inflator is thoroughly dry before installing the bobbin Besure to replace CO2 assembly cap and bobbin see Rearming your PFD MD3087 p 10Always store your Inflatable PFD in a warm dry place out of AND WHY TO TEST YOUR PFDInflate your Inflatable PFD 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 14 It should inflate quick and easily Learn how it works by Activating the CO2 inflation system Rearming the CO2 inflation system Using the oral inflator tubeTo check the manual inflation system with CO2 removed determine that the CO2 cylinder piercing pin movesfreely when pushing up on the lever arm by pushing down on the pinsand releasing the pins followed by the lever arm for MD3085 see Fig8 and for MD3087 see Fig 11 Repeat this several times to check themanual inflation system17 Inflatable PFD Owners ManualMODEL MD3087The USCoast Guard recommends that you purchase two kits MA7202 One kit is to be used immediately in testingthe automatic inflation system see HOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USINGTHE AUTOMATIC INFLATOR p 18 and the other to carry on board as aspareThe US Coast Guard recommends you test the automatic in the water at the beginning of each boating season Bydoing this you demonstrate that the automatic inflation system is stillworking properly and reduce the likelihood of premature inflation and itsassociated dangersHOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USING THEAUTOMATIC INFLATOR MD30871 To test your Inflatable PFD you will need your fully armed Inflatable PFD and rearming kit MA7202 approved for your Inflatable PFD2 Put on the Inflatable PFD3 Get into shallow water just deep enough that you can stand with your head above the surface Once the inflator is underwater the Inflatable PFD should fully inflate automatically within 10 seconds4 See if the Inflatable PFD 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 waters surface Note the effect of where you hold your legs on how you float5 Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable PFD Remove the used CO2 assembly and the used bobbin from the Inflatable PFD inflator Deflate the Inflatable PFD by depressing the oral inflator valve see Deflating the Inflatable PFD p 76 Let the Inflatable PFD dry thoroughly Rearm and Repack the PFD p 13Inflatable PFD Owners Manual 18HOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USING THEMANUAL INFLATOR1 To test your Inflatable PFD you will need your fully armed Inflatable PFD and rearming kit approved for your Inflatable PFD MA7203 for model MD3085 MA7202 for model MD30872 Put on the Inflatable PFD3 Actuate the inflation system by jerking firmly downward on the pulltab The Inflatable PFD should fully inflate within 5 seconds4 Get into shallow water just deep enough that you can stand with your head above the surface5 See if the Inflatable PFD 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 waters surface Note the effect of where you hold your legs and how you float6 Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable PFD Completely deflate the Inflatable PFD using the oral inflator see Deflating the Inflatable PFD p 7 Remove the CO2 assembly from the inflator7 Let the Inflatable PFD dry thoroughly Rearm and Repack the PFD p 13HOW DO YOU TEST YOUR PFD USING THE ORALINFLATOR1 No spare parts or rearming kits are needed to test your Inflatable PFD2 Remove the CO2 assembly to prevent inadvertent inflation which could potentially damage the Inflatable PFD Inspect the cylinder to confirm it is unused Fig 10 Unscrew and remove the cap and the bobbin MD3087 only Otherwise the bobbin will disintegrate during water immersion3 Put on the Inflatable PFD4 Get into shallow water just deep enough that you can stand with your head above the surface19 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual5 If you are a weak swimmer or nonswimmer orally inflate the Inflatable PFD partially so that you are supported well enough to be able to complete inflation without touching bottom Note this level of inflation because it is the minimum needed for you to safely use this Inflatable PFD6 Fully inflate the Inflatable PFD using the oral inflator7 See if the Inflatable PFD 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 waters surface Note the effect of where you hold your legs on how you float8 Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable PFD Completely deflate the Inflatable PFD using the oral inflator9 Let the Inflatable PFD dry thoroughly Rearm for your model and Repack the PFD p 13WEAR YOUR PFDIn approximately 80 percent of all boating fatalities the victims were notwearing a PFD Most fatal accidents happen on calm sunny days ThisInflatable PFD is much more comfortable to wear than other PFD typesGet into the habit of wearing this Inflatable PFDNonswimmers and children especially should wear a hybrid or nonInflatable PFD at all times when on or near the exposure to cold water causes a condition known ashypothermia a substantial loss of body heat which leads to exhaustionand Most drowning victims first suffer The following chart shows the effects of hypothermia howhypothermia affects most PFD Owners Manual 20How hypothermia affects most adults Water Exhaustion or Expected Temperature C F Time of Survival 03 325 Under 15 min Under 1545 min 034 32540 1530 min 3090 min 410 4050 3060 min 13 hrs 1016 5060 12 hrs 16 hrs 1621 6070 27 hrs 240 hrs 2127 7080 212 hrs 3 hrs to Indefinite over 27 over 80 Indefinite IndefinitePFDs can increase survival time because they allow you to float withoutusing energy treading water and because of their insulating the warmer the water the less insulation you will requireWhen operating in cold waters below 60F 156C you shouldconsider using a coat or jacket style PFD or a Type V Thermal ProtectivePFD as they cover more of the body than the vest or belt style PFDsSome Points to Remember About Hypothermia Protection1 Always wear your Inflatable PFD Even if you become incapacitated due to hypothermia the Inflatable PFD will keep you afloat and greatly improve your chances of rescue2 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 drown proofing methods that require putting your head in the water are not recommended Keep your head out of the water This will greatly lessen heat loss and increase your survival time3 Use the standard HELP position when wearing an Inflatable PFD drawing the legs up to a seated position because doing so will help you conserve body heat Fig 164 Keep a positive attitude about your survival and rescue This will improve your chances of extending your survival time until rescued Your willtolive does make a difference5 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 time21 Inflatable PFD Owners Manual FIGURE 16HELP PositionEACH OF THESE DEVICES IS INTENDED TO HELPYOU SAVE YOUR OWN LIFEFor your Inflatable PFD to function properly follow these suggestions toverify that it fits floats and remains in good condition1 Check the inflation mechanism status indicators before each use2 Get in the habit of rearming the inflation mechanism right after each inflation3 Try your wearable Inflatable PFD on and adjust it until it fits comfortably in and out of the water4 Mark your Inflatable PFD with your name if you are the only wearer5 Do not alter your Inflatable PFD If it doesnt fit properly get one that does An altered device is no longer Coast Guard approved6 Your Inflatable PFD is not intended for use as a fender or kneeling pad7 If your Inflatable PFD is wet allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it Store it in a wellventilated area8 Do not dry your Inflatable PFD in front of a radiator or other source of direct heatInflatable PFD Safety AccessoriesFor the MD3085 MA7203 Rearm Kit Contains 33gram replacementCO2 assembly for the manual PFD Owners Manual 22For the MD3087 MA7202 Rearm Kit Contains 33gram replacementCO2 assembly and bobbin for the auto INFORMATIONIf you need more information about PFDs and safe recreational boatingcontact your state boating authority US Coast Guard Auxiliary USPower Squadron Red Cross or your nearest unit of the US Coast Guardor call the CG Customer InfoLine at 18003685647 or the free boatingcourse number 1800336BOAT in VA 1800245BOATDO NOT ATTACH PFDS TO YOUR BOATEach PFD has straps hooks buckles or other means for securing thedevice in place on the wearer Some PFDs also incorporate or tabs Such items are not to be used to attach the deviceto the boat Attaching the device to the boat will not permit it to performas OPERATOR POLICY ON CARRIAGE OFINFLATABLE PFDS AND CO2 be aware that the following regulations apply to the air transportof this product According to US Research and Special Regulations Title 49 CFR 7510a25 With the approvalof the aircraft operator one small carbon dioxide cylinder fitted intoa selfinflating jacket plus one spare cartridge may be carried by apassenger or crew in checked or carryon baggagePlease refer to the governing bodys documentation found online Inflatable PFD Owners Manual WE SAVE LIVES FOR A LIVING Mustang Way TOLL FREE WA EMAIL 98226Mustang Survival and seahorse design is a registered trademark of Mustang Survival CorpOur commitment to quality has earned our Richmond facilities ISO 9001 highest of all international standards This is our guarantee youre receiving the ultimatein design and Printed in Canada Rev 15 Mar 06
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