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4788 liferaft location 07 Nov 2016 12:03 #1

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Good morning

We are on the hunt for a new life raft. Our old unit is a Zodiac Solas model and the service station says it's not economically feasable to re-certify it.

So now the question comes up as to where you store or mount your liferaft???

The one I had weighed 165 lbs and just got in the way up on the flying bridge. It never had a permanent mounting spot.

I was thinking of...

The foredeck in front of the bench seat
Inside the pilothouse (get a Alice type) stuffed underneath the seat that blocks the port door.

Thanks!!

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4788 liferaft location 07 Nov 2016 12:28 #2

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Kevin, I have mine just to the right of and between the lasserette ladder and side step locker. It sits on its end and it tucked in out of the way. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow. Cheers

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4788 liferaft location 07 Nov 2016 17:17 #3

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Hi Kevin,

I like John's location for a couple of reasons. First, I wouldn't like it cluttering up the bow of the boat. Second, in most emergency situations I can imagine, my wife and I and any guests would probably head aft to get off the boat. Easier to get the raft into the water and climb into it.

Imagine the bow pitching in heavy seas, or you struck a rock, trying to get the raft into the water and then jump down into it/on it/next to it. Ugh. Easier by far to inflate it, maybe tie it off on one of the aft cleats, then get everyone into the raft and head off from there.

For similar reasons I don't like the pilothouse location. Difficult to access, haul out and inflate, then difficult to launch and get into it.

The other thing to consider is if the situation has left you incapacitated. Will your remaining crew be able to launch and get in without your assistance and/or knowledge?

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4788 liferaft location 08 Nov 2016 00:16 #4

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Kevin, here you go! Cheers

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4788 liferaft location 08 Nov 2016 03:15 #5

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I have mine located on the aft part of my flybridge as I have a motto......" if needed, always set up" to board the liferaft. Too many people have died in a raft only to find later the boat was still afloat

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4788 liferaft location 08 Nov 2016 03:53 #6

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Thanks guys!

I lke John's location allot. Easy to access, easy to deploy, easy to board.

It's also a spot where nothing is really needed to be stored there.

The only challenge with that spot is part of the "what if's"

What if the source of the need to abandon ship s a fire?

Chances are that fire will be in the engine room.

That will block access to the back of the boat.

Then again I suppose that someone could go around the salon by going up to flybridge, and down to the cockpit.

Yes, I think I like that spot allot. Thats probably where I'll put it

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4788 liferaft location 08 Nov 2016 04:14 #7

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Kevin, something I did that you may think about, other the saddle on the back wall and hold down strap, I put some stick on rubber cushion tape (about 1 1/4" wide and 1/4" thick) on the bottom and back of the valet box at contact points on the floor and rear wall. Stops slippage and paint/gelcoat marks. Hope it assists.

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4788 liferaft location 08 Nov 2016 04:30 #8

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higgins_jr wrote: Kevin, something I did that you may think about, other the saddle on the back wall and hold down strap, I put some stick on rubber cushion tape (about 1 1/4" wide and 1/4" thick) on the bottom and back of the valet box at contact points on the floor and rear wall. Stops slippage and paint/gelcoat marks. Hope it assists.

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Yes, very good idea!

Looking closer you need to move thre liferaft to access the lazarette. Fortunately there is nothing I need to access regularly under the starboard hatch, and moving ther liferaft looks like it would take all of a few seconds anyway.

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4788 liferaft location 08 Nov 2016 05:01 #9

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No movement required. The lasserette will raise to its full height, well almost, say 98%. It stays up with the struts, and touches the hatch, but no problem. I guess it all depend on how deep the valet is, but no issue for mine. You could always raise the valet an inch or so on some form of stand (wood or starboard) and that would give you a little more wiggle room to clear the hatch.

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