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Safety Officer's Report October 2012


Safety report,  October 2012

 Cowichan Power and Sail Squadron

 A warning from a few years ago and recently released as a reminder from Mercury Marine.  Owners of Alpha and Bravo inboard/outboard units need to be aware of a potential hazard with an orange alternator wire that could abrade where it passes near the oil dipstick tube and cause a short.

 Inflatable PFDs sold in the USA in 2011 and not Canadian approved.  Mustang models MD2010 and MD 2012 have a safety alert issued.  The PFD has a silkscreened label not the sewn on label and does not have MIT on the label.

This recall is being issued for the inspection and repair of an inflator installation inconsistency that may prevent some units from fully inflating with CO2 (oral inflation functions normally).  Mustang Survival has developed a solution that corrects any affected product and prevents re-occurrence of this issue.

 Mustang also has a safety notice issued for some Canadian PFDs manufactured in April and May of 2012. MA7214 HIT re-arm kit; MD3153 deluxe PFD with HIT; MD3154 deluxe PFD with HIT; MD3157 Work Vest with HIT.  The Hydrostatic Inflatable (HIT) may have delayed or non-inflation.  The units affected have a round orange Hammar HIT inflator. If the CO2 cylinder on these units is marked with lot number 404121 or 404122, call Mustang at 1-800-526-0532 for further instructions and to arrange for a replacement inflator assembly.

 Shore power cables, twist and lock type, three prong, 20, 30 and 50 amp styles all have a similar prong pattern but with slight differences, like a different diameter and different locations for the L shaped prong.  Should you or someone else foolishly alter the L prong or bend them to fit a different type or rated dock-side socket, you could get the GROUND wire into the load (energized) connector which would energize the entire boat grounding system.  Anyone touching any exposed metal on any electrically connected component on the boat could be electrocuted.  Anything AC or DC in the electrical system; mast, rigging, engine, radio! Is it worth it to die while checking the oil on your engine or by touching the toaster because someone decided to shortcut the safety design of your shore power cable? 

Greg Sutfin

Safety Officer

Cowichan Power and Sail Squadron