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nooner posted 01-31-2006 03:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for nooner   Send Email to nooner  
Is a life raft ever a necessary when you have an unsinkable Boston Whaler? The only situation I can think of when a life raft would be necessary is in case of a fire, otherwise I'm staying with the boat. Am I wrong?
Buckda posted 01-31-2006 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
A small inflatable (Zodiac, Avon, etc) would be a nice tender to a larger Whaler for camping and at remote anchorages....
jmontani posted 01-31-2006 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmontani    
I would stay with the boat until the battery/vhf/ssb quit. If I am that far off shore a rescue beacon would be a must. As for staying with the boat, it all depends on how dry/comfortable you can stay. I would probably take a raft along just to be safe and have a drier shelter. I would not abandon the boat but use a line attached from the raft to the boat to limit drift and increase visibility for rescue.

I don't think that anyone ever regret having a raft on board. It is just good common sense to have it if you are on offshore passages.

Just my thoughts.


jimh posted 01-31-2006 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I do not carry a life raft with my Boston Whaler.
aubv posted 01-31-2006 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

You are right, I'm not leaving the boat, unless it is burning. However, I carry a ditch bag with extra PFD's attached to the outside and 2 long brightly colored kids canvas inflatable rafts. They take up very little space and need little air to become quite buoyant. While the rafts are not life rafts, they are a lot better than being in the water with just a PFD. They actually allow you to get almost completely out of the water and make you more visible.

rtk posted 01-31-2006 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
I asked the same question, and received some very good advice.

I do think an epirb and a satellite phone is going to be my first investment. I think both units may be available for rent if you don't want to make the investment. Last time I casually looked it will cost around $1500 to purchase the equipment.

Then some survival suits.

Then a life raft.

If it is real bad out there, and the boat swamps and flips, I don't know how easy it would be to stay with/on the boat. In that situation a survival suit will keep you afloat and may help ward off hypothermia.

It certainly cannot hurt to have the raft on board, they are pricey though.

I still don't know what I will get. EPIRB is a definite this year. The rest of the gear is still under consideration.


dogface posted 02-01-2006 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
We've got an eiperb (sp) and a life raft on the conquest. It gives me a certain level of confidence when way off shore. Both are mounted to the heardtop. Can't be too safe I figure.
roberto62 posted 02-01-2006 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for roberto62  Send Email to roberto62     
The italian law ask the life raft like a baggage

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