Seafarers should clarify the date of manufacture of items ordered as it may not be the current year (2010). Most items have a 5 year life for USCG Inspections and customer expectations. If an item is ordered and has only a 3 year inspection life left, for example, the mail order company should advise the customer before shipping and reduce the price pro rata to the remaining years.
Seafarers should be aware of this practice when ordering online for mail order safety equipment. Check all your equipment expiration dates, have everything current for Inspections and if you are not an Inspected Vessel then get a Courtesy Inspection and display your sticker.
Safe boating is no accident!!