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Old 07-02-2012, 23:59   #1
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15 Year Old Liferaft?....Ebay

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I would welcome thoughts with regards to a 6 Man Beaufort Liferaft on Ebay that could go very cheap.

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Is this simply folly to consider this as a way to save money?
Would it be degraded at all - having never left the canister?
Is it serviceable?

Buy?...or leave well alone?


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Old 08-02-2012, 01:15   #2
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Re: 15 Year Old Liferaft?....Ebay

Oh, I had a Beaufort 6 person raft just like that.

If it's never been serviced, best case, everything that has an expiration date inside the raft will need to be replaced. So the batteries, flares, food packs, CO2 cylinder, will probably add up to something around $1k with the repacking. You can call a service place and see if they'll give you a guesstimate, each raft and brand has a different set of parts.

But that raft looks pretty beat up, so I'd be worried about more entropy and chaos than just things expired. I've had two liferafts totaled by repacking places, and they both looked better than that from the outside.

Also, a common way to sell long expired liferaft is to have a service facility take a look. Since it could be worth nothing. So I'd be wary of ebay since you couldn't arrange that for this raft. Anyways, in other cases, you can have the seller meet you at a repacking place, have them take a peak inside, see if it's a disaster or not and give you an idea of about how much it'd cost to fix. There's a log sheet inside that will tell them when things are due to be replaced, and etc. Some places are more uptight and won't 'break the seals' unless they are doing a full repack -- maybe if that's your local situation you can negotiate that you'll pay X - whatever the quote for the service is.

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Re: 15 Year Old Liferaft?....Ebay

Thanks Msponer,

Sage advice...on the surface (if you pardon the pun) it appears to be a great way to save bucks but, could simply be a lot of grief.

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Most liferadft manufacturers will condemm a raft at 15 yrs old, maybe best to leave well alone
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Whitworths will sell you a brand new 6 person liferaft for $2069.

If it doesn't work you can bring it back.

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Re: 15 Year Old Liferaft?....Ebay

There are some things I don't mind used. Winches, sails with some life still in them, perhaps recut...old compasses capable of being reswung, certainly old tools.

But a life raft is something I want as new as possible. I want to be present at every unpacking and repacked, too, and I want to know what's enclosed and how it's sealed up because I put it there.

You don't inherit your dad's prophylactics expecting them to serve; old life rafts are in that category.
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Well in the UK you can get these for 800 inc VAT... also the 4 man Ocean series for the same price...

Wetline Offshore Classic Liferaft - 4 Man Canister
  • Thermo insulated floor to keep both heat in and out
  • Rain water collection system and dispenser bag x2
  • Automatic, lithium powered, 4.3 candela SOLAS approved light
  • Zip closer entrance and rear closer
  • Large sea anchor drogue with line
  • 3 fully independent butyl rubber tubes + 380mm
  • Signaling access aperture
  • RORC safety pack. Vacuum packed in a waterproof sack. Firmly secured in the raft
  • Automatic lithium interior light
  • Boarding platform and ladder system - The boarding system allows the victim to hoist themselves up on the ladder and then ease themselves into a raft. Should the liferaft inflate upside down, the boarding ladder simply reverts, to allow victims to pull themselves on to the capsized liferaft. Once on the inverted raft it is easier to return it to the upright position.
  • 4 x 30L weighted water pockets for stability
  • SOLAS approved reflective tape
  • Canopy ventilation
  • Righting strop fitted to the underside
  • 12 year warranty on liferaft (not contents) providing the service is carried out at the correct intervals and by an approved service station
  • 3 year service intervals
  • Weight: 30kg
  • Packed dimensions: L 745 x W 510 x D 335mm
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In a previous life, when I managed a liferaft service centre, we found that once a raft was over 10 years old, the rate of failure increased dramatically. This was on SOLAS rafts off commercial vessels that were required to be inspected annually. For my money, even if it passes an inspection, it will only have a very short service life.

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