Originally Posted by sailmate
You may want to inquire how much will cost to service the raft (each service) every 3 years....
there is quite a bit more to these rafts than to the ones which are serviced every 12 months
it may be that the cost of service every 3 year will be close to 3 times the cost you are paying to service your raft now, saving you......not much....
Not so accurate...
I was researching the cost of repacks since I was going to buy a re-sale raft. For most 3 year rafts, I was getting 'worst case scenario' costs around $600 + tax. From my understanding, it was a similar service - Inflate, check for leaks, refold on new fold lines and then replace all items that would be expired by the next repack date and then pack it back into the container. Unless the raft was damaged and needed a major repair, you should be ok. Non-coastal rafts have higher costs since they contain more items, specifically flares, chutes and such that expire.
Went for new and my Viking RescYou Coastal arrived yesturday!!!!