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Old 01-31-2011, 09:45 PM   #21
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RE: Life Rafts

In Australia if you are going more than 1 nautical Mile off shore it is compulsory to carry an EPIRB.
Mine is the last bit of equipment I would grab as I depart my vessel as it is not already in my escape grab bag.

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:26 AM   #22
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If you can yell for help and someone will hear you, why carry an EBIRB?

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EPIRB--Yes.* Life raft--No.* RIB on the platform.

Gulf Stream currents are very strong.* You are a moving target out there.

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:28 AM   #23
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We still have to get some sort of life raft and EBIRB before we throw off the lines.* Not sure what to get as I dont want just a life raft used for emergency but something that can be used for other purposes.* I bought a 12 ft high gunnels Livingston that is very stable that a canvas cover will be added to enclose for protection.* We also have dry suits and/or wet suits that will offer some protection and floatation.* I will be talking to Rob, Dave, Jeff and others that frequents Alaska and Canadian waters.* However, a life raft and EBIRB is on the want list.*
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:02 PM   #24
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Do you*carry an EPIRB on either your life raft or your boat?
when we get to the point we need to buy the life raft for the trawler, we will get an eprib as well and have it in our ditch bag.*

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Old 02-03-2011, 06:05 AM   #25
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RE: Life Rafts

Those solid floats are known as Carley floats and if you can stack one on the top deck or some where they are good to have.
Not the best thing for off shore but better than bugger all.

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Old 02-05-2011, 05:02 AM   #26
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WE don't go that far out anymore , to lazy for passagemaking so need mostly inshore survival.

We use a Grumman sailing aluminum dink with flotation and 2 survival suits.

If only 20 -50 miles out we could sail in faster than the Coasties could get to us.
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Have EPIRB. Sorry to say no raft
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:32 AM   #28
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Like FF, I don't go that far out anymore and do not carry a life raft. I will say, however, that even if you are only 1 mile offshore, a raft would be a welcome piece of gear to have on-board. My problem with having one is that the "repacking" that is required is really expensive and the time between repacks is not all that long. If you are in somewhat protected waters, a towed dinghy might be a better option and is certainly more useful.
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RE: Life Rafts

We don't carry a life raft but would rely on our RIB if needed. We aren't crossing oceans any more and are typically with in 100 miles of shore, cruising in high commercial traffic areas. We do have an EPIRB and a ditch bag plus 6 gallons of water secured in the RIB. Our SSB/Ham radio is DSC equipped.

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