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Old 18-12-2017, 07:35   #1
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Life Raft replacement

Have an old out of date and no longer manufactured Givens 4-man life raft..need recommendations and where to purchase.

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Old 18-12-2017, 09:01   #2
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Re: Life Raft replacement

When we needed a life raft we went to the boat show">Annapolis boat show where we could visit the manufacturers and ask questions. We were able to compare several models and make our decision. As a plus, most companies offer a nice discount if you buy at the show.

If you can't wait until next year for the Annapolis show, perhaps there is another show coming up that you can attend.

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Good excuse to go to the Miami boat show. OrVane Bros in Baltimore.
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Re: Life Raft replacement

Clay,

We did the research and concluded when the time comes we will replace our Winslow offshore 6 person raft with a Viking RescYou Pro.

If you are interested in more details about what led us to choose this brand [and links to other resources...] see our page on this topic.

Last I checked, the GPS Store carried Viking Life Rafts at very competitive prices.

Best wishes finding what is best for you.

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Re: Life Raft replacement

I purchased and service mine at Life Raft and Survival Equipment in Rhode Island. In the northeast you can drop off your raft at a West Marine and other locations for them to pickup- service-then return

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Have an old out of date and no longer manufactured Givens 4-man life raft..need recommendations and where to purchase.

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Think about where you will be when you need to have it repacked and inspected. Check prices on this. We've ended up having to pay close to 50% of the purchase price on a repack. Different brands seem to have pretty different repack pricing and the difference between countries is high too.
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Good excuse to go to the Miami boat show. OrVane Bros in Baltimore.
Do they (Vane Brothers) have a show room..seems their Baltimore location is at major marine terminal..what my wife calls.."a working mans store.."
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