Hi, long time lurker first time poster here
I have a Vancouver
27 that I'm currently preparing for a longer voyage (Atlantic to Caribbean
and then beyond).
I will mostly solo sail but I will have company occasionally so I have already fitted a Raymarine
LifeTag system. I will also get an EPIRB
What I'm struggling to fit is a life raft. When I bought the boat
it came with a life raft in a HUGE hard case but I'm scratching my head
trying to finding a place to actually store it. There were no mounts or anything fitted anywhere. Its due date for service
has come and gone with a few years now. Should I just ditch it and buy a new one. Are newer models smaller in size?
I've seen many solo sailors on smaller boats that simply don't have a life raft at all. Personally I'm not worried so much about sinking but more about fire.
I have already taken precautions such as sealed and vented gas bottle compartment in the cockpit
with a new hard copper line going to the stove
shut off at the bottle. I also have three fire extinguishers at various points and an abundance of fire blankets.
I'm not even sure what it is I'm asking here. I know there is not one clear answer to the "life raft question". I would mostly just like to hear what others think about it, especially on such a small boat
Thank you for reading.