Join Date: Jul 2002
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Need used liferaft or recommendations on where to find one
Richard, thanks for the reply. As it turned out, a Cruising Club of America newsletter is where we found our eventual purchase - 2 yrs old, still in certification (and in perfect condition when inspected by my friend) and less than half the new price.
Another option that offered many choices was eBay...but several things bothered me (more so than my friend) about that method. One was that, in some cases, not enougb follow-up info could be obtained within the bidding time (perhaps the person was traveling?), which leaves you feeling like you''re buying an unknown entity. Second, most sellers thought they were just selling another item and notions like ''final purchase based on inspection'' didn''t compute for them. And third, I couldn''t shake the feeling we were aiding/abetting theft rings, simply ''laundering'' stolen property. One guy sold rafts frequently, claimed to be a boat broker in the Miami area (but never offered up the brokerage name, odd for a salesman type I thought), and said these rafts were coming off boats returning from the Caribbean. Certainly could be, but...
How''s the SB Marina these days? And did you leave KLARISSA over in the islands for a while? We have many fond memories of our first sailing forays out of there for SC/SR islands.