I've always been interested in life raft alternatives. I think it might have started when I read Steve Callahan's book, Adrift, he was very frustrated watching islands drift by and not being able to get to them. I believe that the Pardeys say that they use a Fatty Knees
dink with fenders attached for positive buoyancy for their life raft. I think that my alternative will need a made for the purpose canopy for protection from the weather
I was very interested in the Tinker Traveller inflatable
when I first found it.
It has an optional canopy, but it is too small for my purpose, a family
of 4. It was included in one of the life raft tests.
1994 Life Raft Test
I think I read somewhere that the ORC finally made the Tinker a legal
life raft option under their rules.
Steve Callahan made an attempt at an inflatable
, I don't know if or when his idea will continue.
EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE (tm) - Steven Callahan Bio
I have found a new interest at the boat show
I just went to, the Portland Pudgy
. It has a canopy and is rated for 4 people. There are a lot of ideas that have gone into this boat that I like. The Fiorentino
display was right beside the pudgy display and he said he is developing a sea anchor
for it. He has tested it in 16' waves outside of San Francisco
bay, and he said it handled the conditions very well.
Portland Pudgy multifunction dinghy--the fun boat that could save your life!
Doesn't look like it will be that horrible to row or sail either.
Any dyed in the wool anything but a real life raft is dangerous folks out there
to tell me why not an alternative or why not a Portland Pudgy