Commercial Deckware FAQs

Commercial Deckware FAQs


My Deckvest label states 150N buoyancy, yet the packaging states 170N?

The Deckvest is tested to a standard of 150N - the minimum buoyancy of the category - and we are required state this on the label. The Deckvest has an actual buoyancy of 170N.


Should I buy a 170N or a  275N Deckvest?

170N is the standard buoyancy. It is a comfortable, a wearable size that is not too intrusive and it provides significant buoyancy when in the water.

The 275N provides significantly more buoyancy so is suitable for larger people and situations where additional weight might be carried, i.e. tools, steel toecap boots, etc. 

Remember additional buoyancy and size is not always an advantage as it is heavier to wear and harder to use in the water, i.e. if entering a liferaft, etc.

The Deckvest SOLAS is a 275N Twin Chamber lifejacket with 2 Pro Sensor operating systems.

Many industries specify their own standards and requirements for inflatable lifejackets. Contact Pro Support for guidance. 


What size Deckvest should I buy? Size 1, 2 or 3

The Deckvest is available in 3 sizes. See the lifejacket product pages for size guides. The size 2 Deckvest will fit the majority of customers – around 85 % of our Deckvest sales are a Size 2.

The Deckvest sizes 1, 2 and 3 are different sizes of belt and fit, the bladder size and buoyancy is not different. 


How  do you to fit the thigh straps or order replacements

There are fitting videos in the video section of the site and replacements can be ordered through Spinlock, contact Pro Support.


Choosing between the Hammar Hydrostatic or UML Pro Sensor inflation system

Both inflation systems are very effective but are suitable for different situations. In general, the Hammar system is better suited to very wet conditions as it relies on water pressure to activate.

The UML system is easier to service and parts are more readily available around the world. They are also very resistant to wet conditions - check out the “How Water Sensitive is a Deckvest Pro Sensor 170N Lifejacket?" video.

For more inflation system information see Lifejacket Inflation Systems Explained


Can I convert my UML Pro Sensor inflation system to Hammar Hydrostatic inflation and vice versa?

No. Unfortunately you cannot do this because they are very different units.


Which re-arming kit do I need, and how do I fit it?

The product pages specify the part number of the re-arming kit that you will need for you Deckvest lifejacket. The UML re-arming kit fits both the Deckvest 5D Pro Sensor and Deckvest LITE lifejackets. Instructions for fitting can be found on the product packaging and in the Spinlock videos.


My Deckvest is uncomfortable

Correctly fitting and adjusting your Deckvest is key to its comfort - see the Spinlock videos to ensure you have it correctly fitted.


Servicing:  Where, How, When?

The Deckvest is designed to be easily check and maintained by yourself. Follow the videos online for basic and more detailed checks. 

We recommend that you check your Deckvest operating system regularly if you are wearing it frequently. 

As a commercial customer please contact us for advice on lifejacket servicing, your own industry may have it's own set of guidelines. We recommend commercial lifejackets should be serviced annually in line with the MCA guidelines.


Can the bladder be repaired or replaced?

We do not recommend that a punctured bladder is repaired. However, if your Deckvest has the “button in” attachment on the lifejacket then we can supply a replacement bladder for you to fit. 


I’ve broken my zip, can it be fixed?

The zips on the Deckvest are plastic to ensure they do not corrode. However, they can break if they are snagged or forced. It is possible to replace the slides. Please contact us for spares and instructions.


The elastics on my Mast Pro Harness have worn out.

Non-skid decks and salt water can take a toll on elastics. Replacement leg strap elastics are available here.


Can I fly with my Deckvest?

Although it is often raised as an issue at check in, International IATA regulations state that you can fly with two lifejackets and two re-arming kits as long as they are declared at check in. See Flying with your Deckvest for more information and to download our document to show your airline.


When does the Warranty period start and what is covered.

The 5 year (if registered with TLS) warranty period starts from when you purchase the Deckvest. See Warranty for more details.


Is the Deckvest 5D or Deckvest LITE SOLAS approved?

No – SOLAS is a commercial standard for abandonment lifejackets. The Deckvest is tested to the International ISO 12402 standard that covers wearable lifejacketsThe new Deckvest SOLAS Lifejacket is available Spring 2015.


Manufacturing Dates

There are several dates printed on the Deckvest. The date on the inside label shows which quarter of which year the lifejacket was completed. Harnesses are often made in large batches earlier whilst firing caps are added at a later date than this to ensure that they reach the stores with the maximum lifetime on them.