Originally Posted by rockDAWG
However, since I don't have a yacht like everyone here,
I thought i would buy a life raft and leave it on their boat when sailing off shore;
When I have my own boat in a few years, The raft is still there.
Rafts deteriorate and require recertification. Your plan equates to throwing money away in the the least effective manner. Buy a PLB or even an EPIRB (even though they register to boats rather than individuals it is still better than a raft) and bring them with you on OPB's. A raft without a boat is a waste of $$$ (some argue quite persuasively that a raft with a boat is still a waste).