I am now totally confused in this conversation. I do not know much about life-rafts, so maybe I just need a better education.
I had never considered the starboard (on the 34) locker for a liferaft, but it really does sound ideal if I can get a raft in there. It seems like the solution for a problem I thought would not have a good solution.
My first point of confusion is which raft you all are referring to when you say Winslow Superlight. Winslow seems to use this name for every raft they make (WINSLOW® Liferaft Company - Marine-Sail Home
It seems like these are very respected rafts. Winslow claims "WINSLOW® Life Rafts are the only life rafts to be heralded with top honors and the number one rating in every category – offshore, coastal and inshore – by Practical Sailor."
Several people here have implied that these are not really suitable for offshore.
What am I missing? Are you all referring to just a subset of the Winslow rafts when you say Winslow Superlight? Do only some of them fit in the cockpit locker? Is Winslow stretching the truth when they claim top offshore honors in Practical Sailor?
For example this raft: WINSLOW® Liferaft Company - Life Raft Features
seems like a great raft for a cruiser, and their claimed size is: 8 x 17 x 36. I have not measured yet, but it seems like it would fit in that locker if that is the true size.