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Old 11-01-2018, 09:14   #1
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Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

I'm looking for a 4-6 person offshore liferaft. Expired or not doesn't matter as long as price reflects status and it is capable of being recertified. I'm located in San Diego so any U.S. location would work for shipment. I'd prefer a valaise version. Thanks.
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If you think you might need a life raft, stay home. Best to prepare yourself and boat so you don't need one.
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

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If you think you might need a life raft, stay home. Best to prepare yourself and boat so you don't need one.


Seriously?

Ships carry life rafts to protect from the unknown.
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

Not this debate again.
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:00   #5
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Not this debate again.


You brought it up.

I do not have a life raft at the moment. Sailing the Gulf of Mexico and western Caribbean a dinghy will suffice ( traffic is sufficient). however in the endless expanses of non-commercial ocean, while not required, I would prefer to sit in a small covered life raft than a small open dinghy.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:27   #6
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If you think you might need a life raft, stay home. Best to prepare yourself and boat so you don't need one.

Really? Really? My vote for the most dubious logic of 2018 so far. Of course you should prepare yourself and your boat as best you can, but that in no way means you don't need a life raft if you're going offshore. Sure, if you're just coastal day sailor, with the Coast Guard nearby to rescue you, then by all means skip the life raft...
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

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If you think you might need a life raft, stay home. Best to prepare yourself and boat so you don't need one.
Just curious kmacdonald... how many blue water miles do you have? On your own boat. And not coastal or just an overnight. Have you crossed the Atlantic? (we have) Have you crossed the Pacific? (we have) Indian Ocean maybe? (yep... we have)

If you have, then great! If not... you have no clue.

Personally... we have over 50k miles under our keel and though we have never had to deploy our life raft, it does sit pretty in it's cradle ready to go just in case. You said "prepare yourself and boat" above. Well... we have,

The Darwin list of "stupid decisions" is not going to have our name on it. (Just our lowly little opinion) Thanks for the Friday giggles!
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

Life raft and an Epirb, in good order are mandatory in my opinion if you navigate offshore. This no not preclude the fact that your boat shall be well founded, on the contrary. Being ready for offshore voyaging implies that you consider many unpredictable things could happed, from a brutal storm, lightenings, not counting large objects like submerged containers or tree trunks, and breakdown of the boat ...
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

I guess some people need a safety net "just in case" their boat, judgement, or own skills fail them. There is nothing wrong with that. Sailmonkey seems to have hit a happy medium in post #5.
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If you're going far offshore, bringing a liferaft is part of "preparing yourself and your boat."
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I just went to get my life raft checked. I never met Privious owner so had no clue what year it was. I popped it open it inflated rapidly. But wasn't holding air. Very light leak. It had flares,oars,and a flash light. I took it to Life Line in north Miami. It was a 2003. Estimate to re certify $850. Warranty and certification valid only one year. Bought a brand new revere 6 person coastal comender. $1,300. Just sharing information. Good luck with your choices
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

I have a 4-person Avon re-packed last in Dec 2012. I'll send PM.
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

I'm a big supporter of buying used but not for a life raft or emergency equipment in general. If you need to use them the cost of failure is just too high.
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I'm looking for a 4-6 person offshore liferaft. Expired or not doesn't matter as long as price reflects status and it is capable of being recertified. I'm located in San Diego so any U.S. location would work for shipment. I'd prefer a valaise version. Thanks.
I have a Revere 4 man Offshore Ocean,(Heavy Duty Offshore raft, not the Coastal version) cert. was due in 2016. Never stored outside; will sell for $700 plus freight from Daytona Beach. Dave, 904-806-2389.
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Re: Wanted: Liferaft - Offshore, 4 or 6 person, U.S.

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I'm looking for a 4-6 person offshore liferaft. Expired or not doesn't matter as long as price reflects status and it is capable of being recertified. I'm located in San Diego so any U.S. location would work for shipment. I'd prefer a valaise version. Thanks.
If you don't find a used one, the Viking RescYou Pro liferafts are one of the best values in a new raft, and will be what we buy when our Winslow no longer certifies... [Per the commercial company that repacked our Winslow: I asked what should I replace it with when the time comes; Viking RescYou Pro. And no, they don't sell Viking rafts, but they do sell many other name brands...]

if you are interested, there are more details and links to additional resources in this liferaft page we maintain [mainly for our own use...]

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