336. Top Tips Tuesday - Roller Coaster Ride


As I start to write this blog whilst recovering from two and half hours of hard labour (down on my knees applying the first coat of Epifanes gloss varnish to our lounge floorboards) on Monday the 4th, Millie, our elderly cross Lurcher/Collie, seems to have recovered from what we think was something revolting that she had eaten whilst out on her daily exercise walk, completely off her food for two days and very very lethargic. Today has also seen the rollout of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab and by midday the FTSE was up 2.7% overall and the other bit of good and exiting news is that the new TeamO coastal backtow life jacket is now available in a choice of three colourways. Was feeling quite buoyant if you excuse the pun. However, by 8pm the bad news, of course, is that we are back into National Lockdown; mind you if the behaviour of a small number of selfish folks in our area is replicated elsewhere it was inevitable! Crowds drinking on our little beach during the day and round bonfires at night! A complete lack of social distancing on Tynemouth Village Front Street during the Christmas and New Year break and an absence of face coverings, must be a ‘shortage’ of face masks up North!

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When the TeamO Offshore backtow lifejacket was introduced to the market it attracted a lot of attention with its unique selling point, the towing of a casualty on their back to keep their mouth and nose above water. As a result we have sold not only into the UK but as far afield as the USA, Holland, Spain etc, however, from the feedback that was being received from customers turning up at our bricks and mortar chandlery www.storrarmarine.co.uk and other outlets, that higher price was at times an inhibiting factor for those guys who wanted a lifejacket for coastal sailing with the occasional overnite passage thrown in.

TeamO's patented Backtow life jacket technology functions in a man-over-board situation by turning the user in to a face up seated position as they are towed alongside the vessel. This keeps airways clear of the water and allows communication and immediate rescue by the crew. Backtow also reduces the risk of injury during recovery.

  • 170N lifejacket with integrated deckharness and TeamO's award-winning patented BackTow system.
  • ISO approved: suitable for Inshore and Offshore sailing (ISO12402 and ISO12403)
  • Automatic inflation system: features the UML Mark5i inflator and 38g CO2 cylinder.
  • Soft loop attachment point to clip on in rough weather or at night
  • SOLAS approved safety whistle
  • Adjustable double crotch straps with soft loop attachment point on back
  • Adjustable double buckles on back for perfect fit
  • Lightweight: lifejacket weighs 1.15kg

Please note whilst the bricks and mortar chandlery is ‘closed’ under the latest government guidelines we are still allowed to offer click and collect however our opening hours are changing with immediate effect. Monday to Friday it's 9am till 4pm. Saturday regret we will be closed. For 'click and collect' you can either ring through on the usual number 0191 2661037 and place an order and pay by credit card or order on www.marinechandlery.com and select ‘collect in store’ as the delivery option.

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