Originally Posted by Nicholson58
Are you talking about shipping by air or truck? Does UPS or common carrier care about the CO2 canister? We plan to drive ours to the re-packer to see it blow and to familiarize ourselves with it. (old equipment
on our used boat)
Several different shipping services I contacted in FL (including UPS) had issues with the pressurized CO2 tank or at least wanted to treat it as HAZMAT shipping. This was just for ground shipping across FL to Miami
. With the tank depressurized they took it just like a regular package shipment.
This little boondoggle started when a friend sailing from Belize
back to FL borrowed my liferaft. The idea was that he would use it for the trip and then drop it off to serviced. This was before I checked Winslow's price
for servicing -- about 50% of the original cost of the raft!
At that rate, I decided to ship it back and do it myself. I think this is a better approach anyway because you have the chance to get hands-on familiarity with the raft.