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Placement of liferaft on PSC 37?

Hi everyone (and specifically PSC owners, I guess!)

My husband, Bill, and I are "gearing" up our 37 ft PSC for our big voyage "over the horizon" (going from Quadra Island B.C. to New Zealand via French Polynesia, Cook Islands and Tonga) and we have just purchased a 4 man Plastico life raft (with cradle). We thought we could attach it on top of the lazarette but it is too big for that.

Our question is: What is the best location and method to attach the liferaft? We have ruled out storing it under the dinghy as we want it to be easily accessible and having it there would not be easy to access.

Thanks so much for any ideas!

Cathy and Bill
(AKA Catherine and William of The Voyage of Catherine and William )
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What are the dimensions of the cradle? Does it fit under the boom on the cabintop?
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It is approx. 36"X24"X19" and would fit nicely under the boom on the cabintop except that is where we have our hard sided dinghy stowed... and we don't want to stow it under the dinghy (although it would fit there nicely) for accessibility issues.
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Hmm... given the limited deck space you have aboard your boat...the fact that you don't want to store it under the dinghy makes it much more difficult.

How about on the foredeck, though that is a bit far from the cockpit if you have to get to it in an emergency. What I would suggest is moving the dinghy forward to the foredeck and putting the liferaft where the dinghy is now.
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