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Re: How many boats carry liferafts?
We have a 6 person Winslow raft in a dedicated floor locker in the salon. Plus a stocked ditch bag next to it. With our cold water temps, Iím sure it would take longer to locate us, in the event of an emergency, than weíd survive in the water. While Iíve practiced with a raft, Iíve never used one in an emergency. I have been in a dinghy in 2-3 ft snotty seas, which many claim is their alternative, and it was nearly life threatening itself. Certainly not dry.
They are undeniably expensive. I have mine vacuum packed, which should be unpacked, restocked and inspected every three years. Ours stay perfectly dry, so Iíve been known to push that to 4 or 5. A big passage/cruise, usually inspires me to get it done.
Risk is not solely about the odds of a loss. Itís also about the potential cost of a loss, if you lose that bet, which I view as life threatening.
Iíd say approx half of my friends around here have a raft aboard, maybe fewer. Even fewer still that are religious about inspections.
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