Life Rafts

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If you have an inflatable life raft, be sure it is installed properly.

  1. Install the raft where it can be easily launched, but where it will float clear if the ship sinks before launching.

  2. Do not install the raft vertically. The gas cylinder inside will fall to the bottom and chafe the fabric. Install it in a cradle or shaped bed, secured with a senhouse slip and weak link or a hydrostatic release.

  3. The painter must be secured to a strong point on the vessel.

  4. The raft should not be exposed to paint, exhaust smoke, sparks, heavy seas or spray.

  5. Have the liferaft inspected and repacked and the hydrostatic release tested according to the recommendations and requirements of the manufacturer.  

a detailed illustration of a liferaft, its features and components.

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