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Recycling : making a dinghy from a condemned life raft

A life raft is one of few thousands-dollar products that in most cases will never be used before one has to replace it after 10 to 20 years depending on national laws and aging condition.
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Thousands and thousands of them are thrown away every year while they are like new !
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It is not really ecofriendly nor sustainable, so came the idea to give a second life to these life rafts by making dinghies.
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Make your own one !
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I am new to this forum and I'm sorry to post this way due to forum restrictions on new members
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Re: Recycling : making a dinghy from a condemned life raft

What are the most common reasons given for them not passing the life raft recertification tests?
What are the tests?
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What are the most common reasons given for them not passing the life raft recertification tests?
What are the tests?

Moisture weakening the seams and chafe weakening the fabric.


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Re: Recycling : making a dinghy from a condemned life raft

A lot of the West Indians down here are taking the solid bottom from the ruined RIBs, and making really nice hard dinks for very little.
Life rafts are a slightly different story, not designed as a moving proactive waterborne platform, but completely the opposite; as a platform to remain stationary until help arrives. I can't see any economical way to change any design that much.
Possibly a more realistic endeavor might be to repurpose old liferafts into tents!
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Re: Recycling : making a dinghy from a condemned life raft

Capta, you may not have understood that this dinghy has been made from a square life raft, without modifying the inflatable part, just cutting the floor and gluing a new one at the right shape.

Then, ones prefer rigid dinghies, others prefer inflatable ones...


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