Originally Posted by liferaft
Just make sure that it doesn't leak. There is a reason the internal valve parts need to be replaced. An empty cylinder doesn't do anyone any good.
Point taken - thanks.
The bottle was 1/4 full when I performed the inspection
. (new to us yacht). The raft passed pressure tests in the living room. Cleaned & rinsed in the pool. I replaced the antique emergency
lights with 3 redundant SOLAS LI battery
systems etc. Way better than original. It holds inflated for 7 days without re-fill. Lots of other stores were total junk - also replaced.
Found the bottle valve was leaking at the bottle to valve threads. Fixed it. I will refill and then delay a season so I can monitor
the bottle weight. We don't really need the raft on Lake Michigan. I will feel good about it when we head
out the St Lawrence. SO far, everything that I found wrong was a bad decision or job inadequately performed by someone we were supposed to trust.
Raft packing and EPIRB maintenance
are pet peeves. We can build a yacht, campaign it around the world, provision it, rebuild
the engines, electrical
etc. but somehow, we are too stupid to stuff a rubber boat in a box or inspect the batteries in an EPIRB
. What we need is more micro-managing of our lives. I could go on.