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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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The information on this web site has not been checked for accuracy. It is for entertainment purposes only and should be independently verified before using for any other reason. There are five sources. 1) Documents and manuals from a variety of sources. These have not been checked for accuracy and in many cases have not even been read by anyone associated with L-36.com. I have no idea of they are useful or accurate, I leave that to the reader. 2) Articles others have written and submitted. If you have questions on these, please contact the author. 3) Articles that represent my personal opinions. These are intended to promote thought and for entertainment. These are not intended to be fact, they are my opinions. 4) Small programs that generate result presented on a web page. Like any computer program, these may and in some cases do have errors. Almost all of these also make simplifying assumptions so they are not totally accurate even if there are no errors. Please verify all results. 5) Weather information is from numerious of sources and is presented automatically. It is not checked for accuracy either by anyone at L-36.com or by the source which is typically the US Government. See the NOAA web site for their disclaimer. Finally, tide and current data on this site is from 2007 and 2008 data bases, which may contain even older data. Changes in harbors due to building or dredging change tides and currents and for that reason many of the locations presented are no longer supported by newer data bases. For example, there is very little tidal current data in newer data bases so current data is likely wrong to some extent. This data is NOT FOR NAVIGATION. See the XTide disclaimer for details. In addition, tide and current are influenced by storms, river flow, and other factors beyond the ability of any predictive program.