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Old 30-03-2012, 12:03   #16
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Re: Life Rafts

Practical Sailor had a very good review of liferafts, including their features, advices on what to look for, and which companies promised, but didn't deliver: Life Rafts: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Practical Sailor Article
With a newer update here: Life Rafts - Practical Sailor Article.

Most companies came out with new models since the times of these articles, but these articles still provide a very good first step.

We don't have a PS subscription any more, otherwise I could've sent you the pages :\

Yachting Monthly also did some liferaft tests and they have a video on their website: Six ISO 9650 liferafts tested | Yachting Gear Test Videos | Yachting Monthly

If I were you, I would make sure that whatever liferaft you'd choose was built to ISO standards - gives you better assurance of liferaft quality.

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Re: Life Rafts

Thanks for your response. Is the Avon facility you recommend emailing "Avon Inflatables Ltd"., Carmarthenshire? Do you have the email address?

You are right about USA prices being very high but the Seago and some other UK available are not available in the USA.

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