Originally Posted by Terra Nova
Didn't see any mention of liferaft security
from thieves. Fabric
straps can be easily cut.
Might read my earlier post where I mention building an almost watertight, self draining deck
locker, with room for a lock on it.
Also, in reference to your comment about raft tethers. They're VERY often, connected to a weak by design, attachment point on the raft. And it's common to read where rafts break free of the mother ship, before folks have finished doing all of what they want/need to do in terms of grabbing their ditch kit, water
, etc. & boarding the raft.
Said attachment point is purposefully weak so that; it doesn't tear a hole in anything vital in the raft when it lets go, & that it's far from sufficiently strong enough to even begin to drag the raft down when the main vessel heads for the bottom.
You've gotta' figure that even in moderate seas, a raft, with it's ballast pockets, & sea anchors, is exerting a substantial amount of force on this line with each wave induced jerk. And by no means is the "painter" designed to tow a raft at even 2-3kts., especially given these "anchors".
It couldn't, or it'd rip the side out of a raft, given those kinds of loadings.
Given that you can't have it both ways, with one raft at least, then it might be worth considering 2 rafts. One on deck
, with a hydrostatic release. And a 2nd one, which only comes free via a knife.
Though, such of course, represents a lot of $ (2 rafts that is). So, given that, it might be worth thinking through, & preparing other options for surviving catastrophic events
Even with $ not being a factor, it's only wise to think through & make efforts towards preparing multiple solutions for when things go seriously awry.