I call life rafts "Stealth rafts", I only knew of one company that had some radar
reflective material in their canopy. My first piece of equipment
that isn't supplied in the raft's equipment
bag would be an EPIRB
or PLB that floats with a strobe, and sends it's gps position.
I have looked for sailboats with a radar
, and asked them to hold up a frying pan, and they showed up like an aircraft carrier. If you have to get into the raft, bring your radar reflector so merchant vessels will have something to look for. The life raft has a tiny single
cell light on the top and a flash light with spare batteries, a small strobe would really help at night. You can have your life raft packed with a PLB. Radios, AIS
, and all the other stuff mentioned are great, but from my experience in real life situations, you may just have enough time to dive into the raft. There is nothing more painful than having a ship or aircraft pass you by when they are looking for you.
4.Surviving the environment
The EPIRB with gps will take care of the first three items.