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View Poll Results: What is your familiarity with your liferaft?
I don't have a liferaft. (Or the main boat I sail doesn't have one.) 13 52.00%
No, I haven't seen it inflating. (What, they have videos?) 3 12.00%
I've seen a video of it inflating. 3 12.00%
I've seen it inflate in-person. 5 20.00%
I've watch it (or a similar one) get packed. 1 4.00%
I've trained/played with one in water. 3 12.00%
I've used one in earnest. 0 0%
I've shown the video (or pictures of it) to crew/passengers 1 4.00%
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Have you watched a video of your liferaft inflating?

Have you watched a video of your liferaft inflating? Or have you seen a similar type inflating? Maybe you've practiced with it already.



Recently I came across a video of my liferaft inflating, above. (I think it's the same kind anyway.) This led me to ask the question. It seems a useful thing to know about.

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Day one of the Safety at Sea program contains an inflating demo. We dropped a 6 place off the dock, inflated it and discussed what to do, if it inflated upside down. Day two, you board it from the water.

I highly recommend a real life demo for all. Any raft that is occupied to capacity will have everyone with their knees in their chest and literally touching shoulders. It's cramped, it's claustrophobic, it's hot and it's uncomfortable. Getting aboard is exhausting and I can hardly imagine how one would do so, if injured.

When you send yours in for reconditioning, your shop will probably let you attend when they inflate it. LRSE in RI actually encourages you to be there. In fact, they teach the segment in the course.
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Great post. Thanks for the reminder.
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Saw mine inflate when it was being serviced. Never had to use it otherwise -thankfully!
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...When you send yours in for reconditioning, your shop will probably let you attend when they inflate it. LRSE in RI actually encourages you to be there. In fact, they teach the segment in the course.
I think I called those guys awhile back. If you want them to, they'll put something in the raft for your kids, like a teddy bear or something.

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I think I called those guys awhile back. If you want them to, they'll put something in the raft for your kids, like a teddy bear or something.

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I'm not surprised. I've known them to be very helpful. Although, I hope to never have to calm kids down with teddy bears in a liferaft.
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When you send yours in for reconditioning, your shop will probably let you attend when they inflate it. LRSE in RI actually encourages you to be there. In fact, they teach the segment in the course.

The owner of the boat i race on always does the repack in person
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When you send yours in for reconditioning, your shop will probably let you attend when they inflate it. LRSE in RI actually encourages you to be there. In fact, they teach the segment in the course.

The owner of the boat i race on always does the repack in person
Goodness, it may be lifesaving equip, but it's not a parachute. The pros are pretty good at it. I've heard of rafts that don't inflate or have problems, but never one that was properly cared for and within certification.

The raft on my boat was out of date when I bought her. Cost a grand to recertify and vacuum pack. Good for three years, but the race requires less than 12 months.
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Goodness, it may be lifesaving equip, but it's not a parachute. The pros are pretty good at it. I've heard of rafts that don't inflate or have problems, but never one that was properly cared for and within certification.

The raft on my boat was out of date when I bought her. Cost a grand to recertify and vacuum pack. Good for three years, but the race requires less than 12 months.

Its pretty expensive to ship it round trip so its arranged to be taken to the service center and done while waiting
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My mate and I took our Winslow raft to the factory in Florida one year. Not only did we watch it inflate, but we sat in it for a while to get familiar with how it was fitted out.

Before you go and pull the lanyard, the Winslow factory team told us that inflation of the raft with the CO2 cylinder will shorted its life -- something about the really cold gas. They inflate rafts with a compressor.
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