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Old 04-11-2011, 09:38   #61
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:19   #62
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No, a diploma or certification only means you passed the test. I know many dim bulbs that have diplomas and certificates. I also know many brilliant people that never graduated high school.

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Old 19-01-2016, 02:23   #63
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With the cost of serviceing getting prohibitive this is a great idea to throw around. Manufactureres need to come up with a more cost effective system. Look on Gumtree & you can buy a 10 year old LF for nothing because the service guys tell you its cheaper to buy a new one than service an old one every 12 months. I have a RFD 8 man it was made in 1986 it was last serviced in 2009.
Its not worth 1 cent. So im going to open it up & have a go at servicing it myself. There are some good videos on utube how to do it.
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This doesnt look too difficult to me you dont need to speak German but it does help.
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This doesnt look too difficult to me you dont need to speak German but it does help.
Excellent, thanks for this! And yes, I have an old liferaft that hasn't been serviced for a while. Will see if I can pull this of by myself.
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Me too, I just priced the cost of servicing mine and was quoted $1200, which is too much for my bank roll.
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I had a raft services by Viking in Miami several years ago. Was VERY impressed. In my opinion if you feel you need a liferaft, you should with buy a new one or observe your current one being professionally serviced and repacked.
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You can keep your liferafts.. to me this is the best thing around.. a motor/sailing tender and life raft all in one..
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the first step needed is to come up with a good marketing name or axiom
Well as Lifejacked has been beggared around with silly PFD acronyms, how about PFV - Personal Floatation Vessel?

I have just been looking into 4 man Offshore Liferafts for the boat I am after, and as a result voted 'maybe' in the poll.

The Seago 4 man Offshore does really well in tests and reviews over here, and that's what I want, plus, a GOOD 3 year service on them can be had over here for about $150 equivalent.

In general, in studies of real uses of Liferafts, it does suggest that a new Liferaft that has NOT been serviced (even if it is out of date) is a far better bet than a serviced one.

A nice thing with Seago servicing is most agents will let you be there for its inflation and servicing, will give you instructions for its proper use, and you can keep an eye on things while it is repackaged.

I just posted a thread asking if I can get a Seago anywhere in USA. If not, I am very interested in something worthwhile enough at a reasonable price (for a one man PFV) to have on the way back, and then get a new Seago when I am here.

As the Seago seem great value, and work far better than most of the expensive ones, would it perhaps be a better idea to look into importing and distributing them?

Though that may mess up me getting my hands on something to tide me over . . . . . Lol!
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Anybody got a set of dimensions for a two tube with canopy raft for 4 persons? Interested in overall size, tube diameter, canopy height, and ballast pocket size, number, and location.

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There's specs here:

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Hmmmm. I think I can see why you'd be interested in a DIY personal Jump Off Yacht Device (JOY-D - lol).

I've just been looking for something sensible to tide me over, that I can obtain Stateside, and frankly I am significantly underwhelmed by the very poor designs available, and am DEFINITELY not amused at the chronic and inexcusable overpricing (such rubbish certainly explains the massive servicing costs, because who in their right mind would want to touch one, let alone use one in anger?).

I'll stick with the inflatable dingy until I get back (and shove some OKO tyre sealer in the tubes for self sealing - I've used it for over 30 years with no problems), then get a Seago, I think.

What on Earth do these people think they are playing at?

Seriously, if you are cruising over this side of the Pond, pick up a Seago.
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