Hi kat, I just have the two lines securing the raft. They also run through the raft rope
handles. It is very secure. I don't think a hydrostatic release is very beneficial to catamarans. For a trawler
or mono where a catastrophic failure could sink the vessel before the raft can be prepared and it's likely to sink straight down or close to it, they are a good idea and I think a requirement for aus commercial registration
. But in your case it would not activate until 3 m underwater and would only release from the transom if the bows were significantly down. I can't imagine that scenario on a cat. The main scenarios I can imagine would be
Virtually instant capsize
, the boat would likely float upturned for at least one hr, giving time to prepare the raft and hopefully take the grab bag. Attaching lines under the hull
to attach harnesses to would be beneficial.
, would probably allow over 1 hr to prepare to abandon ship.
Fire on board, if it can't be contained the life raft should be deployable as quickly as possible. I think we could deploy ours in under a minute and be inboard with grab bag soon after.
Of course attaching the painter to the bracket is of the utmost importance, many life rafts have blown away as soon as they have been deployed. You should be ready to enter the raft as soon as it is deployed