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Old 16-07-2015, 10:04   #16
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

Both are excellent brands and models, but I always go with Viking on things like this. Might be that I know the owner, but I know the quality that goes into their life rafts is unparalleled... Citimarinestore.com has both of these life rafts at decent prices. Might find them cheaper elsewhere, but I couldn't find any better source myself.
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Among other factors, consider the service interval. The Revere Offshore Elite (which I've just ordered) is 3 years.
Some Switlik rafts now have 5 year intervals. They put some of the supplies in a separate bag so they can be updated without getting into the raft.
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Old 23-02-2016, 19:08   #18
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

If you are on Facebook, there's a guy who recently posted on SSCA's FB page about problems getting a response from Viking about an issue with his RescYou 4.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

I know this is an old thread, but I am interested if anyone has experience with the rail mount for Viking Life rafts. We just purchased a Viking RescYou Pro 4-person life raft for our 35' sloop, and we bought the deck mount frame and the rail mount kit. All not cheap, and the life raft in the canister is HEAVY! The rail mount kit itself looks robust enough, but I am not sure my rail on my stern pulpit is up to the task. Has anyone had experience with the Viking rail mount kit, and what was that experience. My inclination is to forego the rail mount and bolt the mounting frame to the coach roof. We are intending to leave St. Augustine, FL, in a few months for the Bahamas, Caribbean, and around the world.

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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

I would be EXTREMELY concerned about hanging something that heavy off the back of my pushpit, if only because of leaks at the stanchion bedding, regardless of the mounting kit. I suppose you could reinforce the whole rail somehow.

I'm surprised you went for a canister on boat that size. There are fairly compact four person rafts in valise form that are easier to stow in lazarettes and cockpit lockers.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

The back of my boat already looks like the circus came to town. My concern would be loosing it off the back and saying "goodbye to 3 grand! I have a Viking valise stowed under the V-berth. Although it is still heavy, not as much as a hard canister type.
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I would be EXTREMELY concerned about hanging something that heavy off the back of my pushpit, if only because of leaks at the stanchion bedding, regardless of the mounting kit. I suppose you could reinforce the whole rail somehow.

I'm surprised you went for a canister on boat that size. There are fairly compact four person rafts in valise form that are easier to stow in lazarettes and cockpit lockers.
Thanks, Suijin. We considered the valise, but decided that it would still be really difficult to get it up on deck in an emergency. Also, while we have a lot of storage room in the boat, there are hatch openings to go through, and these are not so big that a valise would easily slip through. On our previous voyage on a 27' sailboat, we had a 4-man Avon life raft on the coach roof, and that proved an OK place, so that was (is) our Plan B in this case if the rail mount does not work out. Thanks for your comments.

And to Celestial Sailor, thanks. We have a scoop stern where, conceivably, we could mount the life raft on the transom. But that would totally negate any possibility of getting on and off the boat, which we do over the transom. Our access under the berths and behind the seats is through smaller openings in the panels, and we can't really get big objects through them. And I don't want to go cutting them up. I think on deck is the best solution for us. Thanks for your comments.

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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

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The back of my boat already looks like the circus came to town. My concern would be loosing it off the back and saying "goodbye to 3 grand! I have a Viking valise stowed under the V-berth. Although it is still heavy, not as much as a hard canister type.
Awesomely funny... and unfortunately accurate for most of us !
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Thanks, Suijin. We considered the valise, but decided that it would still be really difficult to get it up on deck in an emergency.
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Ha ha...Eric...you would be surprised how adrenaline can take the difficulty away from situations...
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