Inflated 20+y.o. Givens
My 20-30year old Givens hadn't been repacked in 15 years. I looked into having it done and the cost would be around $1500, including a new tank and inflator, supplies, flares, etc. I thought I had made the right decision to just take it as a lose, and buy a new raft when I go off again. This weekend, I pulled the lanyard and tried to inflate the raft. I expected nothing to happen, but, a perfectly good Givens raft appeared. It has held air now for 24 hours. I may have made a poor decision. My concern, if I try to get it repacked now, is if there is cold fractures from it being inflated by CO2. In the past I insisted on rafts being inflated by air, then leaving it for 24 hours, and go back to see it. Has anyone had a raft repacked after inflating it with the CO2 bottle. I will again try to find someone who will repack a Givens. It is by far the best raft built. by the way, the mfg. date inside the raft I think say 671, which I am taking as June 1971, but that seems a bit early for Givens. Supplies expired in 2002, so last repack was probably 1999 or 2000.