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Old 23-09-2009, 08:17   #1
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Liferaft Lifespan

Anyone have any data on the useful lifespan of a liferaft (inflatable). I can't imagine they last forever even with scheduled maintenance.

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I asked on of the Avon guys at the London Boat show, and he said 20-25 years, but a lot depends on whether it has been sitting around under the tropical sun.

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I have heard 20 yrs./Harry
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Heard same thing from viking who told me navy has plenty still in service after 20 yrs. When its repacked it its gone over thoroughly, they'll let you know if its expired.
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My dink has been good in the sun for 7 years now (PCV) ... so a liferaft in a protected place / packaging should last those 20 years.

Anyone has a link to any hard data on this issue?

Any USCG advisory?

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I don't have hard data, but where I live (Hong Kong) High humidity, high temperatures the lifespan is considerably less than 20 - 25 years. I have had experience of having to replace a 8 year old raft - regularly serviced, reputable brand.

It just rotted in the heat and humidity

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