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Old 11-03-2012, 18:42   #1
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Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

At the boat show I was looking to buy an off shore life raft.

The two that fit my likes and price are the Revere Offshore Elite and the Viking RescYou life-raft.

Any opinions on the two?

The Revere was made of fabric similar to an inflatable towed water raft, and the Viking more of a rubber material. Not sure which is any better/worse.

Both had everything I need in an real off shore raft.

Any opinions on the two?
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Old 12-03-2012, 22:22   #3
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou life-rafts

It is a bit hard to express a thoughtful opinion on something you own but have never (thankfully ) used. I own a Viking raft. I selected it scientifically based upon the following criteria: a) I was told it was a "great" liferaft. b) It has "Viking" in its name. Sorry if this post isn't all that helpful, but at least it is a response.

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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou life-rafts

Thanks,

That is my thoughts on the Revere, which it looks like I am going with.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou life-rafts

Look at the March and April 2007 issues of Practical Sailor. They did a a nice job of assessing off-shore life rafts. An article on selection and an article on testing. They tested the Viking 6 man raft.

You may be able to buy these on-line at www.practical-sailor.com
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou life-rafts

I have owned the revere before but wish I would have went with the Viking. It will be on my list next time as my Revere was abandoned at sea after I loaned it to a friend who was rescued but did not need the raft.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou life-rafts

We've looked at different liferaft manufacturers for our old and new boats. The two we considered the top of the range were Viking and Winslow. Both of them have very good design, have double/inflatable floor, very well thought out, good access from water, multiple chambers, and the only real difference would be that Vikings are self-rightable and Winslows are not (you have to pull on a line to set it right way up, but it's very easy). Vikings are used by CG and commercial vessels.

The only reason we would choose any other manufacturer would be the price. For the old boat we went with Avon as it was light and cheaper than Viking or Winslow. Revere got not very good reviews when we were considering liferafts in that price range, including frequently flipping upside down.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

A liferaft service point owner claimed Viking and Switlik best. They were not selling any so I would believe they were telling their truth.

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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

Take into consideration
a) The purchase price
b) The through-life cost of service (find the local certified service agents and ask to see some actual invoices for annual service, don't beleive the PR bullcarp).
c) The consequences of failure of the liferaft, in the event you need to use it

I do not have a dog in this race, but I do work in the liferaft industry. Gossip around the water cooler is that Viking make a good liferaft, but are very expensive to service... make of that what you will. I have no experience with Revere or Winslow liferafts.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

Hmm, maybe I should get the Viking...
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

Are you going to be using this liferaft for more or less coastal cruising? If so, then Revere would do nicely. For offshore, in my and my other half's opinion, you might want to spend money on a Viking, Switlik, or Winslow. Also another very good point above: consider where you're going to service it once the service date comes and if the service center is close to where you are/going to be/around the world.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

I am starting a circumnavigation in January.

The Revere and the Viking were priced very similarly, both retail and the boat show price.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

Looking at Viking and Revere service center locations, it appears that Viking can be serviced around the world: Nearest servicing station - VIKING-LIFE whereas Revere mostly in US with some locations in the Caribbean and The Med: REVERE | reveresurvival.com | Manufacturer of Survival Equipment Since 1936
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

Among other factors, consider the service interval. The Revere Offshore Elite (which I've just ordered) is 3 years.
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Re: Revere Offshore Elite vs Viking RescYou Life Rafts

I think all rec rafts are 3 years, com 1 year.
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