Originally Posted by Palarran
It would be interesting to find out how much you all pay for the repacking. I had mine done on St. Martin two months ago. The technician flew in from Guadeloupe
and it was VERY expensive. I think around $1800 per raft.
There are different levels of life rafts that contain different supplies. The cost of the repack will vary on which supplies have to be replaced each year. Also, every 5 years the inflation bottle has to be retested and refilled. Then there is the hydrostatic release which gets replaced every other year.
The life raft on my boat is a Solas A (highest level) 8 man raft. It is self releasing / self activating. There is a canopy, double floor, sea anchor
water, first aid kit, pyrotechnics kit to rival a 4th of July display, raft repair kit, lights, and that's just what I can remember. My boat being uninspected isn't required to have one. But, USCG regs require me to have it repacked every year if I have one on the boat.
, repack, stickers and government
paperwork runs about $450. The actual dated supplies and cylinder retesting can run anywhere from $100 to $800. On average, I budget
$1,000 a year for the recertification.
It's best not to look at the itemized pricing of replaced items:
Iodine swab $9.96 each
Liferaft glue $28.64 each
Seasick pills $4.31 per dozen
Hand held flare $16.95 each
Parachute flare $48.00 each
3 minute orange smoke devise $52.00 each
All the signal devises (flares and smoke) totaled almost $400 this year!
Hydrostatic release $130 (every other year).
Keep in mind, all of the above supplies need to be dated USCG approved items which increases the price
Total repack / recert. for 2010 $1,058.99
Being 70 miles offshore and knowing there is a viable plan "B" if the boat sinks...priceless!