Originally Posted by Jimmyhenry
I regularly see liferafts secured on deck
immediately below the main boom.
This seems to me to be the worst possible location on a yacht given the danger
of an uncontrolled boom in bad conditions.
Do any cruisers have experiences they could share or preferred location for easy and safe deploying in bad conditions.
Never had to deploy one. I have a 4-person Plastimo
in a hard canister. Must weigh close to 60 lbs so it’s not something you really want to wrestle with. I stow it in my port-side cockpit locker when the boat
is home. It’s a shallow locker no deeper than the cockpit sole. Traveling, I may and usually do pull it out and strap it to my cockpit binnacle on one end using quick release straps. It’s in a canvass bag I had made which fits it loosely, closed at top with a Velcro flap; so it’s easy to pull open the bag. The bag has two hand-lift straps, one on each side, below the center of gravity so it would be easy while holding the straps to tip the canister out through the top of the bag when lifted. The end that’s up gives access to the tether.
The basic deployment plan is to open the bag, attach the tether, release the holding straps, then with a mighty heave of one or two crew, lift
it from sole and over the coaming then “spill” it out of the bag under the lifelines
and into the water
. Yank on the tether to open the canister and inflate the raft, etc. Should be able to do this in 10 sec if the crew have been briefed. No good way to practice, however. Could also pull it out directly from the locker and deploy using the same basic procedure. I take care that the raft is not blocked or impeded from being pulled from the locker. The fact the locker in not “deep” means that it can be flooded w/o letting water
below, but also does not drain.