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02-27-2012 07:01 AM
Minnewaska These folks are very good and would spend time with you on the pros and cons of each. Note that while they have some rafts out of certification, I do not believe they will sell you one without it becoming certified.

If you spring for one (and I really hope you do), have it vacuum packed and try to keep it dry. It will serve you for years and you could then sell it yourself to recover a good portion of your investment.
02-26-2012 10:09 PM
duchess of montrose haha i dont mind its the name of me boat, and yes i find thats the way you get a good used product in any area being prepared to walk away, are there any websites that sell used gear like life rafts im also looking for a wind vane i have 3 autopilots but would really orefer the energy independence of a windvane ill check the local marina boards im constantly scouring ebay for good deals and well craigslist is allright along with kajiji but i never seem to find what im looking for
02-26-2012 10:01 PM
Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Be careful with that raft deal. A good used 4p raft is usually a grand if out of cert. Two grand if current.

A water soaked raft can easily have holes, rotted inflation fittings, etc. Find out the story.

Spend too much and waste a little, spend too little and waste it all...........
Really good advise. Ask a lot of questions and be prepared to walk away.

Duchess (you don't mind if I call you Duchess, do you? ) Google, ebay, craigs list, local marina bulletin boards, ask around, "for sale" on the forums. You might have to do some leg work on this. Good Luck.
02-26-2012 09:56 PM
duchess of montrose ok ill make sure to be carefull but if its in good condition or at least fair condition thats a good deal for me id really rather not have to use the raft but its nice to know it will hold up for at least a few days at sea
02-26-2012 09:50 PM
Minnewaska Be careful with that raft deal. A good used 4p raft is usually a grand if out of cert. Two grand if current.

A water soaked raft can easily have holes, rotted inflation fittings, etc. Find out the story.

Spend too much and waste a little, spend too little and waste it all...........
02-26-2012 09:47 PM
duchess of montrose im going to call them as soon as i get home the life raft is a good deal for me im going to ask them to send me a shipping estimate and a paypal invoice and ill buy it asap for that little its definitely worthwhile and well i know weather is somewhat variable but im asking if it is a generally safer route than say the higher north latittudes across to ireland, for example yes weather is variable but the weather around cape horn in midwinter is usally much worse than the weather in lake ontario in july its kind of a gneral trend im looking for im still going to be prepared for the worst
02-26-2012 09:35 PM
Geoff54 Winds mostly depends on how far N or S the Azores high is that year - you could have the opposite problem i.e. not much wind. But this is weather we are talking about - no guarantees. It's a plan I'd do. Think about the life raft
02-26-2012 09:28 PM
duchess of montrose to killarney sailor i think you may be right i was hoping to avod the heavy weather and kind of make the trip into smaller modules so if im sick of the ocean when i get to bermuda i have a safe haven to stay in, but i guess your right i was guestimating 1600km if i go thru the trent i could shorten it quite a bit... i guess im so used to my desk job and deadlines i forgot how to take it easy, just looking for guidlines though u think its safer aka less chance of huge storms if i go the northern route instead of the milk run bermuda,azores, english channel north/norwegian sea. actually rereading it it actually i think makes sense to cruise newfoundland for the early summer and head to azores in end of july beggining of august and then maybe spend the winter in the med cruising italy, croatia and greece and then hop up to norway and sweden in the next sprinfg thanks for the plan guys but does that give me a good weather window for azores i wouldnt be getting any fall gales or in the path of any hurricanes? and 300 dollar liferaft give me i meant the 6000 dollar ones ive been seeing
02-26-2012 08:53 PM
$295 lift raft

Let me put this out there for for comment.

I wouldn't set off without a raft that had been checked out BUT here a raft for $295. Made in 2005 but certification expired in 2007. It's probably o.k. - I've seen an ancient raft inflate just fine. If the alternative is to go without, I'd consider checking the weight of the CO2 canisters and go sailing. Better than a survival suit.

02-26-2012 08:28 PM
Minnewaska Bobbing around in a survival suit in 15 ft seas and 30 kt winds, which Mr. Murphy insists are the only conditions in which you will lose your boat, would be dangerous over a lengthy period and impossible to hang on to the dink.

Spray could be choking. Food, medical treatment, fresh water, all out if the question. On an ocean crossing, you could wait a long time. Bermuda does not have a Coast Guard and you will be out of range of US and CAN in the first couple of days.

Is a recertified used liferaft out of range?
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