The new self-sealing BUDDY SMBCi (Surface Marker Buoy - Closed with Inflation Cylinder) - is now in full production.
The SMBCi features a lightweight aluminium mini-cylinder 0.1m which is mounted at the foot of the buoy just above the internal baffle. Cylinder Dimensions: 0.1 litre - 115mm x 50mm diam.
Easily replenished from the main cylinder, the mini-cylinder is small enough to fold unobtrusively inside the SMB to be stowed in pouch or pocket.
Deployment is simply a question of unfurling the SMB and cracking open the cylinder.
Developed from the popular BUDDY SMBC, the SMBCi also features a self-sealing baffle so that when inflated the mouth is sealed preventing accidental deflation at the surface.
Unlike normal open-ended 'sausage-style' SMBs both the SMBC and the SMBCi can be waved to attract attention at the surface.
An over-pressure / dump valve prevents bursting and allows deflation after use.
One key advantage of the BUDDY SMBCi over similar systems is that it can still be inflated via the baffle in the usual manner – with a DV or an air-gun - in the event that the diver has forgotten to fill the mini-cylinder.
Also like the SMBC the new marker buoy features a specially designed flap which folds over the mouth to prevent any ‘sea-anchor’ effect when being towed as a permanent marker buoy.
The new BUDDY SMBCi is available with either DIN or International A-clamp fittings. Colour RED