Originally Posted by Therapy
I have a question then.
If one went to the raft and had the dingy tied on to it in the type of weather that sunk your boat, would the two stay tied together for very long?
This is not a question that can be easily answered. It will depend on so many variable, including (but not limited to) the type of liferaft
, the type of dinghy
, how they were joined, the sea conditions, the wind
conditions, etc. My gut instinct is that in extreme conditions they would probably not stay together well. I reference this against the real life case of the sinking of a classic yacht called Winston Churchill
during the 1998 Sydney
to Hobart: It had 2 liferafts on board and, after the yacht was abandoned and the crew boarded the rafts, they were tied together. But sometime during the night, the two liferafts parted company and I think only one raft was ever found and 3 crew died in the missing raft...
For those of you who are less than impressed with liferafts and their performance, bear in mind that this industry, like every industry is market driven. People seem to want a super-duper A1 spiffy liferaft
and they want it to cost pocket change, be the size of a briefcase and as light as a 6-pack of beer
, but, despite stowing it, for years at a time, exposed to the elements on the working deck
of their boat, they want it to convert, in milliseconds, to an ocean-going vessel that can withstand hurricane
force conditions (that sunk their $250,000+ boat), preferably without any of that annoying / expensive annual maintenance
(although they will quite happily get annual service
on their car or their boat engine
, etc). If only it were that easy.
Bear in mind that all liferafts have been desinged, built, tested and approved to some sort of standard that has been written and agreed by some sort of government
or maritime body. Most of you will be using USCG approved liferafts, I guess, and the USCG has said, at some stage, that this design of liferaft is ok... sure, I could design & build you a much, much better liferaft than that which you currently have, but it would be a little larger, a little heavier and would cost you a truckload more up front and would still need periodic service
. And that, my friends, is the reality...