We are in the final stages of life raft shopping
, hopefully. It seems getting one question answered opens up two more. We are replacing a 16 year old Elliott commercial
6 man raft that is out of service
($1800 minimum) and would require yearly servicing. I really like the Switlik SAR-6 but with a hard case it weighs 121 pounds. My wife would never be able to lift
it out of the cradle
but dragging it to the rail is doable. Their 72 pound offshore
raft is much lighter but that also means the tubes are not as robust. The existing cradle
(which has to be replaced) on our boat is oriented so that the raft can move side to side. This would make it easier for us to deploy the raft. Does this make the raft too vulnerable to waves or to a knockdown? None of the Switlik hard cases have handles on the outside to make launching easier.