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Re: How many boats carry liferafts?
They make rafts that have inflatable boarding ramps. If you’ve ever tried to climb a net, even in training, you’d upgrade. It is taught to attempt to enter the raft directly from the boat. You don’t have to get in the door, you can fall onto the canopy, which will collapse, and then find the opening. Once a few are aboard already, they can help.
Rafts, just like tents, only technically fit the number of people they claim. You would be jammed in like cordwood, knees to chest.
In anything more than 15 kts of wind and long fetch, it’s hard to get to the dinghy dock, without getting wet. Using one to cover miles of cold, open water seas, with higher winds is unrealistic. IMO. You get to make your own call.
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