A few years ago, we fell in love with and bought a Hylas-like offshore boat
. In those years, we've learned a lot about the boat
, but also various life situations have made it clear to us that we will not see blue water
for the next ~5 years. We are OK with this, still love the boat, and will continue to use it for weekend use around the Chesapeake in the interim.
This presents a question of what to do with the offshore safety equipment
on board, to wit:
-Switlik life raft in hard case with hydro-static mounting on foredeck. Circa 2005, last serviced ~2010, stored outside year-round.
-Epirb. Circa 2005, last serviced ~2010. Deck-mounted with hydro-dingus.
-Switlik MOM-9, circa 2005, last serviced 2017.
-4 heavy-duty fire extinguishers, serviced annually.
All of this stuff is unneeded for puttering around in generally fair weather
in the Bay. However, it presents a damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario because it all seems to require constant service
& re-certification, all at great expense. We maintain a storage
unit, so the scenario I'm considering is to take this all off to the storage
unit, leave one of the extinguishers aboard, and buy a horseshoe buoy for local sailing. Return them to the boat when blue water
re-enters the equation. Questions:
Are these pieces worth keeping? Would it be better to just sell them and acquire new ones when needed? Can they sit for multi-year periods and then just be re-certified and used, or do they just...fall apart?
What would you do if faced with a scenario where this stuff has sat for a few years now mostly untouched, and is forecast
to be un-needed for about another 5 years? Thanks for your thoughts.