How the Deckvest Inflates
The Spinlock Deckvest is currently fitted with the United Moulders
latest operating mechanism the MK5i.The UML automatic system activates
when the cartridge mechanism comes into contact with water. The
cartridge mechanism is a compressed high powered spring which is held
by a paper element. When the paper element comes into contact with
water it releases the spring which pushes a plunger forward, in turn
forcing a cutter into the C0² cylinder. The C0² then travel into the
bladder and inflates the life jacket.
The MK5i life jacket has
been engineered with a Nitrile seal to prevent the accidental ingress
of moisture and water spray, during hot humid or heavy stormy weather,
whilst special vents aid rapid inflation on immersion.
automatic inflation system is backed up by a manual inflation, which is
operated by the user pulling the handle on the breast of the Deckvest