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Old 10-02-2013, 08:21   #1
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Hi, i am looking for a used 4-6 man life raft.

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Old 11-02-2013, 14:17   #2
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Re: Looking for a Liferaft

Hey Dinajui, I can quote you a good price on our Switlik life raft, as well as give you as much information as possible about the professional's choice of life raft. email me at pcamacho@switlik.com
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Old 11-02-2013, 14:59   #3
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Re: Looking for a Liferaft

I have an old one that came with my boat, in that size range. I cannot state its condition with certainty, and for some value of "old," it becomes a questionable investment given the general intent of potentially saving lives... but if it's interesting I'll get you the specs. It is still in its hard canister, and I do not recall the date of the last inspection.

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Old 11-02-2013, 22:20   #4
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I have an old one that came with my boat, in that size range. I cannot state its condition with certainty, and for some value of "old," it becomes a questionable investment given the general intent of potentially saving lives... but if it's interesting I'll get you the specs. It is still in its hard canister, and I do not recall the date of the last inspection.

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Thanks Steve i will wait for pictures and specs.
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Old 11-02-2013, 22:30   #5
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Ah, I just noticed your location. This thing is so heavy that I use a hand truck to lift it, and shipping could be nightmarishly expensive. Still want me to get the specs for you? (Happy to do so, of course - I will be at the lab tomorrow and can send you a photo of the canister and tech data, but in the long run, something new from a local dealer might be a better investment.)

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Hi, i am looking for a used 4-6 man life raft.

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I don't know what your sailplan is but trusting a new raft is already taking a risk, I have lived it first hand and you need to make sure the service record AND service station are among the best. If you look at the photos i posted this morning, the raft was less than 4.5 years old, ten days out of a qualified service station, it is a miracle we survived. If you are looking for quality at a good price have a look at Ocean Safety in Southampton - they built theirs from lessons learned. Think of it as putting retread tires on your sports car and hitting the track!
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:45   #7
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I HIGHLY recommend that you do not service an old raft yourself, and rely on it in the case of emergency. Trust me, I have seen rafts that where manufactured 5 years ago and have been condemned for use. Regular service on your life rafts are a very highly overlooked factor of owning a boat, and can save your life. EPIRB or not, you're still going to be stranded for a while, USCG still hasn't invented teleportation last time I checked. The few $$$ goes a LONG way in an emergency.
If you need a decent price on a 4-6 man life raft, please feel free to contact me at Pcamacho@switlik.com
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Re: Looking for a Liferaft

I agree with the other posters here... not to mention that shipping such a heavy thing WITH pressurized canister would probably be greater than the cost of a new one. If you feel you should have a life raft, I think you should shop for a new one.

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