• 138. Top Tips Tueday - Cut The Clutter With Seago's 3 in 1 Rescue System


    On our last boat which we first launched just after the Millenium, on the pushpit we fitted a Baltic soft foam horse shoe buoy c/w with a Jotron automatic light, a Seago self inflating danbuoy with auto light and I also had a Plastimo safety recovery ladder as well as an outboard bracket and motor. For our ‘new’ yacht Hindsight (destined  for loads of what we hope will be hassle free stern-to mooring in the Greek Isles next year) to help cut the clutter and make it easier to throw lines to the quayside, we are opting for the new this year Seago 3 IN 1 RESCUE RECOVERY SYSTEM. It’s contained in an easy to fit/remove plastic container (means if leaving the craft for a few weeks you can remove quickly so as to avoid it fading from prolonged UV exposure). The Seago 3 in 1 Rescue Recovery system is contained in a compact waterproof burst hinge case. Inside is a danbuoy with built in lifebuoy, automatic life light, lifting loop with snap hook and sea anchor. Solas reflective tape is fitted as standard and to insure the danbuoy remains upright there is 2.5 kilos of lead weight. To deploy its just a matter of opening the case, the contents drop into the water and the danbuoy and lifebuoy inflate automatically.


    Talking about stern-to mooring, our friends who have successfully cruised the Greek isles for a number of years and given us loads of good advice on equipping our craft,  fitted to the side of the pushpit a reel containing a long length of strong 25mm webbing  which they use to great effect when in a bay and space is limited, tying back to a tree trunk or fastening round a large rock at the waters edge.

    Two makes spring to mind and take up very little space and I cannot for the life of me remember which one they fitted to their yacht, was it the sun or the pre dinner drinks that have dulled my memory? My involvement  was  to jump into the dinghy, row to the shore towing the webbing behind and secure to a suitable object. Finally, on the return ‘journey’ secure a small pickup buoy or two onto the line. The Ankarolina is made from high impact UV resistant plastic and there are four line lengths available, an alloy reel is also available but only with a 70mtr line length. The other make we also retail and I must confess I like the look of is by NAWA. It consists of a heavy duty stainless mooring reel with an adjustable friction brake. Like the Ankarolina it comes with an excellent mounting kit and is available in three webbing lengths. Both of course take up very little space on the pushpit however you must not  forget to cleat the webbing to the boat!

  • MO's On The Tyne - St. Peters Winter Series supports Storrar Marine Chandlery in aid of Movember

    Mo's On The Tyne

    Where else would you see a bearded lady(s), correction attractive young fillies with MO's? Well, there they were, flashing their facial hair, the crew members on Buddy, Colin Davidson's sports boat and Athol’s MR Big. Not only was competition fierce but the competition to win the prizes on offer for the best Mo's was cut throat and that was before they shave them off!

    Anyway, almost two hundred pounds was raised to add to the Storrar MOrine Chandlery team coffers. Grateful thanks to all those who entered into the spirit of the day and those companies that helped by donating prizes, in no particular order: St Peters Marina, Seago, Orca Bay, Gill, Musto and Gul


    • Best MOteam, by a close shave, were the guys on Mr. Big
    • Best MOsportsboat, by a whisker, the team on Wild Reiver
    • Best MOfemale crew, by a hair's breadth, Anne Ainsworth
    • Best MOmale, by a mature mustache, Bob Baird
    • Best MOrib crew, by a natural look, Nick Thwaites
    • Best MOspectator, by a short hair, Lorraine Thwaites
    • Best MOrace Officer, by the real mccoy Tony Ainsworth

    Next weekend the MOSailing MOstorrar mustachioed mystros movement moves to (RMOYC) at Blyth, MOrthumberland where we hope beyond hope that we can raise even more MOsh,

    PS there will be MOre great prizes on offer from the likes of Spinlock, Dubarry, Marathon, Gul and Harken

    If you're interested in our progress heres a link to out Movember Team Page


  • Shining Light...

    Fresh out of the box is the new Seago Automatic Lifejacket light, it is of course SOLAS  approved and features an extremely bright LED illumination. Its easy on/off switching providing an SOS function as well as constant light. The very tough rubber casing which houses the unit has a ‘clip’ for holding your whistle, naturally attaching it to your lifejacket is simplicity itself. Other plus points include a 5 year service life, gold plated corrosion resistant contacts, automatic, water sensitive switching and a trailing wire  to ensure water contact.  Priced to sell at only £19-95, we have of course got them in stock.

    The Spinlock Pylon lifejacket light ‘beats the head shadow’ with its flexible L.E.D. antenna it has a continuous, 360 degree visibility for faster rescue it fits all makes of lifejacket however  it costs a bit more but, what price would you put on your life?


  • In Date...?

    We sometimes read in the papers about a food shop or store that has been prosecuted for having past their 'expiry date' produce on their shelves. We never read about the guys who go boating with the firing mechanism on their auto lifejacket's with the same issue ie past their expiry date! This particular lifejacket was brought into the chandlery over the weekend by dare I say it a flag officer of one of our local clubs! Trouble with the business end of the lifejacket, it's out of site out of mind, you should as a matter of course check your lifejacket on a regular basis i.e. every six months, inflate by hand pump (to avoid moisture build up) and leave for 24 hours to check for leaks, check for wear and tear especially at folds, straps and fastenings. Check condition of bottle, that its screwed fully home and discard if showing signs of rust and of course check the expiry date on the auto firing mechanism! It doesn't matter whether it's a Spinlock, Baltic, Crewsaver, Secumar, Seago or ISP the procedure is the same, we carry rearming kits for all these makes and of course advice is free!

    For more information on lifejackets and their maintenance follow the links below:


    Caring for Lifejackets: 

    In Date?
  • All hands to the pumps...

    Another batch of life-rafts serviced ready for the start of the season.

    After the 'reorganisation' of the company that used to service Plastimo life-raft's and other makes in the North East we are pleased to announce we are 'taking up the slack'. Be it Seago, Plastimo, Ocean Safety or whatever, we can offer a fast turnaround at a competitive price. If you are in the market for a new raft or a service, please give us the opportunity to quote. If you are after flares, lifebuoys, slings, danbuoys or any other safety equipment we do carry comprehensive stocks, likewise lifejackets in stock as we speak are Spinlock, Secumar, Baltic, ISP and Typhoon! The choice is yours.

  • Rather Appropriate...

    With my earlier blog on the French yachtsman being rescued I thought it appropriate to mention with the North Shields branch of Cosalt closing their ‘in house’ liferaft service area we do now have an agreement with a Southampton based service agent, they are certified to work on Plastimo, Seago, Avon, RFD and other makes. We have a ‘load’ going early Feb so if anyone wants to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you are without liferaft and in the market for a new one we can get (usually within two days) most popular makes including Ocean Safety, Seago, Plastimo etc and our pricing is competitive!

  • Beyond the call of duty!

    The other week we sold a Seago Extract It (PBO best buy) to one of our regular customers, however the non return valve did develop a slight fault, which I must say is unusual for this particular product. Anyway to cut a long story short, Captain Farquhar was in a hurry to get the issue  sorted  so we ‘borrowed’ one from a stock pump to get him up and running again. Little did I think that perhaps he was being a little ambitious as to the use he was putting the changer to as the vessel under his command usually extracts 60,000 barrels of oil per day! As well as the Seago  pump which incidentally we sell loads off without a problem, we also stock the Pela range of  extractors which our mechanic uses when doing an oil change on a customers boat.

  • Replacement needed?

    There I was this past Saturday in the chandlery, superb weather outside, trade was slow & then this  guy walks in off the street with his manual gas lifejacket, opened it up & asked me if I thought the bottle was ok!  I  suggested (politely of course) that it was ‘possibly’ well past its sell-by date & what he should do is to pull the firing cord & if it works leave it inflated for a period of 24 hours to see if it holds the gas. Suggested also that he examine all stitching & the fabric for signs of wear & finally assuming it was all ok..... give it a wash in fresh water & purchase a crutch  strap! Well he wanted to use it on Sunday, so he set it off..... it inflated & then immediately started to go down, traced by the escaping gas to  a small hole in one of the folded corners! Customer went away with a replacement Baltic Winner lifejacket c/w crutch strap, a Seago Safety line, some  Ikaros Hansson flares & a Mcmurdo grab bag, one of our tide tables & a copy of the RNLi’s free excellent booklet on Safety at Sea, job done.

  • Terror and turmoil as Vikings invade Lindisfarne

    Despite the obvious warnings, totally inept drivers have had the Seahouses lifeboat called out 10 times this year for being trapped by the incoming tide on the Holy Island causeway. Unbelievable! A group of volunteer Vikings has been trying to help educate the public and highlight the safe crossing times. A really well prepared driver would obviously have a Seago liferaft in the boot! The Vikings, played by members of the Norse Film and Pageant Society, have promised ‘a week of terror and turmoil’ as they aim to live up to their reputation as one of the most brutal races in history.


    Actually she wasn't a blonde, however Andy did have a very interesting conversation with this lady who was accompanying her husband in the chandlery, conversation went something like this "Well my dog wouldn't fit in the liferaft". Andy's response was "We do stock Seago rafts for the larger dog as well as McMurdo grab bags to keep the dog's food in!" By this time her husband was rolling round on the floor & yes you have guessed it................howling like a dog! Seago Liferaft, McMurdo Grab Bag

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