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Traveling Light 02-28-2012 09:35 AM

Raft Inflatable
I sail Lake Michigan. I believe it may be advisable to purchase a raft in the event the boat became holed during a lake crossing. I have searched the web and more less settled on an Intex Seahawk II (supposedly seats 4 people and cost about $200). 99% percent of the time my sailing is solo or with one other person. The raft would have an electric DC pump. I have never seen this raft first hand so am interested in recommendations from fellow sailors.

Squidd 02-28-2012 09:51 AM

You can get them for $125 on e-bay....


Only 3 air chambers rather than 5...

Better than nothing for last ditch effort, but not much for day to day dinghy/tender duty...

Traveling Light 02-28-2012 09:59 AM

Raft Inflatable
Thank you...

Raft not intended for dingy use but just to add a little margin of safety.

Squidd 02-28-2012 10:05 AM

It's cool, I have the little West Marine inflateable in a bag and DC air pump.. (Get a good pump from USA, much stronger/quicker than China made one)

Lake Superior Sailor 02-28-2012 10:25 AM

More than likely you will never have the time to inflate your raft ! You would be better served in trying to keep your craft afloat,..........Dale

Squidd 02-28-2012 10:50 AM

And the waves will wash it overboard and the wind will blow it away and it will be dark and your battery will be dead...

Overall it's gonna be a "bad day" on the water....

Lake Superior Sailor 02-28-2012 11:31 AM

One large bottle of helium & big bag of balloons...Dale

jackdale 02-28-2012 11:53 AM

Once you boat batteries are submerged you will have no power to inflate your raft.

I think you would be much better off getting a good inflatable tender that you can tow.

Lake Superior Sailor 02-28-2012 12:30 PM

After a lot of thought on what to do & knowing the water temp. 42 degrees on Superior I bought a Survival Products 4 man life raft off of Ebay ; Sent it out and had it re-tested! I think it good because it takes up so little space. I see on Ebay they have one listed under life raft. You can also rent from this company.Being made mostly for aircraft they are small packages...Dale

hellosailor 02-28-2012 01:02 PM

Stray thought: If you are planning to invest $200 in "safety", have you already purchased a PLB or EPRIB? Or a waterproof handheld VHF?

I ask because there's a good chance something else on your boat floats and can keep you floating (pfd, igloo cooler, cockpit cushions, five gallon water jug) and while floating is a good thing, you may not need to float as long if you have a distress beacon with you.

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