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Old 09-03-2013, 12:32 AM   #21
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I ended up ordering a canister type - because they are always ready to deploy, whereas a valise type requires it to be pulled out from the storage, placed somewhere and then carried / thrown overboard when needed.
The keyword here is always ready. I have found out the hard way that emergencies happens in a spit second, comes out of the blue with no warning (or maybe didn't recognise the warnings) so this free up valuable time that can be used to transmit a mayday or get the crew out of the bunks faster...
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:55 AM   #22
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Has anyone seen any figures on the number of liferafts stolen from on deck? I decided to store my in a dock box on the upper deck in order to avoid someone knowing the raft was there.

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Old 09-03-2013, 05:24 AM   #23
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I recently bought a life raft for Tidahapah, it's in a valise.
I will stow it on top of the aft cabin.
Bought 2 nd hand 6 months old at a very good price. At its first service I will have it repacked in a container.
If I had been buying new it definitely would have been in a container.
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Good point about the lost / stolen rafts.

I guess my solution will be to take the valise out of the container when not in use - kind of defeats my "always ready to deploy argument.."
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An additional item to consider is weight. I feel that I made a mistake when I was talked into a 6 person life raft (Winslow Offshore) as opposed to a 4 person. This is stored in a valise inside of a dock box. The additional weight of the 6 person raft makes it difficult/impossible for my wife to launch the raft. Assuming I am not hurt and don't get much older I can do so.

To compensate we have stripped all the supplies out of the raft and keep these in a separate ditch bag.

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