TL;DR - Where to get a life raft CO2 bottle re-filled for a good price
Recently I screwed up by temporarily storing our liferaft
under the cockpit
table. A family
guest wanted to clean up the cockpit
when I was not there and ended up accidently triggering the liferaft
. It was certainly entertaining see them struggle with the beast from the next boat
over, and we had some good times exploring the liferaft.
That said, I would like to get it back in the box properly.
I have now had two different liferaft service
companies inspect the liferaft - St. Lucia and in Martinique
. The life raft itself is in great condition - 4 year-old Bombard offshore
. The consumables are expired, but the huge problem is getting the CO2 refilled. My model new is $1700, and the last quote I got was $1400 to re-pack the one I have.
We are not a commercial
operation and at the moment we are puttering between the Windward and Leeward Islands
. We carry two dinghies and we are good sized cat. Given the short distance between the islands, I am not feeling any super urgency to have a life raft Right Now!
That being said, I am not going to pay $1400 to repack my liferaft, I would obviously rather pay $1700 for a new one.
But I also hate the idea of just throwing stuff away. I have now seen this liferaft inflated and deflated three times and I am beginning to feel pretty familiar with the craft! :-)
I did some google
searching, but I did not get a hit.
Does anyone know of a good & cheap
place for me to get this liferaft serviced? I am willing to sail anywhere in the Eastern or Western Caribbean
, up to Florida
or along the east coast
? (I assume that shipping
a liferaft 2x is just too expensive.)