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Old 26-09-2017, 10:14   #1
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Hi Everyone,
My name is Rod and I hope to contribute as much as I get from this community. I don't own a boat but I've spent my entire working life in the maritime industry. I spent twenty years (and five days) in the US Navy as a navigator (QM) and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. I went to work at Northrop Grumman as an ECDIS instructor until they closed the field engineering department. I moved to South Florida to work at a maritime academy where I taught ECDIS, Marine Firefighting, Security, Damage Control and lots of other topics. I finished my degree in Management and Instructional Design and accepted a job with the worlds largest life raft manufacturer and servicing organization. I manage the training of service technicians in North, Central and South America and ensure they are certified to all applicable standards.

I've read the forum rules and promise to not try to sell anything here. I do have an interest in answering questions as well as hearing some of the issues, from your perspective, concerning life saving equipment. I'd like to incorporate some of your input into what I train the technicians who service your rafts and life jackets.

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Old 26-09-2017, 10:30   #2
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My life raft is about 12 years since the last service, and I think it may be cheaper to just get a new life raft. I have a top of the line Givens six man life raft, and I don't think I will spend as much money this time around.
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Old 26-09-2017, 10:37   #3
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Hi Rod and welcome to the forum.

It's always interesting and informative to hear things from the big boat point of view. Most of the forum members (with a few very notable exceptions) are exclusively pleasure boaters but of course often cross paths with the big boys in the course of cruising.
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My life raft is about 12 years since the last service, and I think it may be cheaper to just get a new life raft. I have a top of the line Givens six man life raft, and I don't think I will spend as much money this time around.
You might be better off money wise buying a new raft. Most rafts are glued together and there isn't a glue known to mankind that can withstand prolonged exposure to water. The items in the E-packs are probably expired too (pyro, batteries, sea sick pills, ect.). The money you spend servicing your old raft will include gas inflation test, working pressure test, floor seam test, necessary additional pressure test and replacement of expired items. A raft as old as yours, that hasn't been serviced, might require repairs to the canopy or buoyancy too. You can probably imagine all the dollar signs adding up right now. If you choose to buy a new raft, I recommend going back to the place you bought your current raft from and negotiate a deal. Let them condemn your raft and ask for a discount on a new one. Most places will offer deep discounts when they condemn a raft.
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Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF Rod!

Not everyone here on CF owns a boat, but everyone shares a love of sailing and boats.

Life rafts are a frequently discussed topic, and I am sure your comments will be interesting during those discussions.

Bon Voyage on the forum!
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