We had our boat
in the Sea of Cortez
for 9 years and the liferaft
(initially a DBC 6 person raft, and then a Viking 6 person Rescue
Pro) was never touched - nor was the dinghy
which was mostly on deck
or in the water
hanging on a painter.
is still attached while sitting in Marina Taina, Papeete. During the 9 years (2010-2019) in the Sea of Cortez
, mostly in and around La Paz
, theft from boats was rare - certainly no more frequent than theft from boats in Vancouver
. And I have never heard of a liferaft being stolen - surprising in a way given their cost. But dinghy's are easier to get away with, have greater usability and are likelier easier to sell to a bigger market.
Being able to quickly deploy a liferaft seems quite important. Ours is strapped in a cradle
with a Hammar hydrostatic release device that will release the raft if we are not able to, if the boat
should sink. Otherwise, we expect to throw it off and step up into it.