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Re: Life raft. Pros and Cons'
"the test/recertification that is required every what 5 years or so. "
Five years would be extreme. Three years is unusual. EVERY YEAR is the norm if you're required to carry one and two years is still for recreational users only.
You CAN inspect and repack your own raft if you are a recreational user. Not sure what to do? OK, but a cheap old raft on eBay and start practicing, you can't lose much. And even better, if it is ten or twelve years old, you'll get a chance to learn what leaks are, and how to patch them. :-)
Tell someone to give me a call, I've got an idea for a totally different way to make life rafts, that could put the repack guys out of business. There's a reason bicycles don't have six foot tall front wheels anymore. Time for life rafts to make a similar change.