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One of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard when it comes to boats is that "THE PRIMARY USE IS PRIMARY". If you generally sail with just a crew of two... then get a raft that covers the normal complement.
If you were to ask around and see how many people have liferafts... the answers would surprise you... very few do...and even fewer have ever been in a situation where deploying and using it was required. Also, remember that you need to really step up into the liferaft... stay with the boat as long as possible. Unless the boat is sinking out from under you, you really should stay with it.
In many cases, boats abandoned by their crew remain floating without any real problems... look at the results of the Fastnet race, where a lot of the boats that were abandoned—were found floating later on. Same thing happened in the "Perfect Storm", where the USCG pulled a crew off of Satori, but she washed up on the beach a while later in fairly good shape. There was a couple that was pulled off a 34-35' catamaran off the coast of Mexico about 18 months ago... and the boat was still floating over six months later...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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