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Old 01-04-2006, 08:38 PM
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Default RE: Avon Offshore 8 Man Life Raft

Here are the details:

Avon Offshore 8 Person Liferaft Model M-85

Inspected and Serviced Through 4/2006

Never Used and has been on a two year inspection cycle.

Next Hydro Test is Due June 2008

Manufacture Date 1986

Service Center Informed me this unit should last another 10-15 years.

Features From Avon Website:

Inflation Co2 Cylinder On The Side Of The Buoyancy Tube + 39 Painter/Firing Lanyard And Securing Patch For Painter Line
Weighted Boarding Ladder + Webbing Bridle Inside To Ease Entry Into Raft
Bright Red High Visibility Self-Erecting Canopy With Retro Reflective Tapes
Outside Lifelines
Automatically Activated Lighting: Inside And On Canopy Arch, With Battery-Save Feature
Entrance Flap With Tie Taps And Touch And Close Fastening
Ventilation Chute/Observation Port And Rainwater Collection
Inside Bracing Lines
New Large Weighted Stabilizing Pockets
Upper And Lower Independent Neoprene/Nylon Buoyancy Tube
Rescue Quoit And Line
Standard Inflatable Double Floor For Heat Retention
Survival Equipment (E) Pack Updated 4/05

1 Safety Knife - To Cut Painter
1 First Aid Pack
Drinking Water - 1 Pint (0.5 Litre) Per Person (16 Liters Total)
1 Signalling Torch (Flashlight)
2 Spare Batteries And Bulb
2 Paddles
2 Parachute Flares
3 Hand Flares
1 Sun Signalling Mirror
1 Distress Signal Table
1 Bailer
2 Sponges
1 Sea Anchor - 100 (30 M) Line
1 Rescue Quoit On 100 (30 M) Line
1 Bellows
1 Repair Kit Incl. Leak Stoppers For Rapid Repairs
6 Anti-Sea Sickness Pills Per Person
1 Whistle
1 Fishing Kit
Advice On Immediate Emergency Procedures

Life Saving Design Features

Proven Co2 Firing Mechanism.
Inflation Sequence Starts Within 10 Seconds.
Buoyancy Of 3.4 Cu. Ft. And Floor Area Of 4 Sq. Ft. Per Person Conform To Imo Solas (Safety Of Life At Sea) Requirements.
Self-Erecting Canopies On All Models, For Immediate Protection.
Ballast System Operates Within 30 Seconds, And Is Fully Effective After 60 Seconds.
Sea Anchors Are Conical And Based On British Dot Recommendations.
Observation/Ventilation Port And Rain Water Collector.
Auto-Switch Activated Dry Cell Light System. Battery Save Feature.
Pressure Relief/Topping Up Valves.
Inflatable floor for heat retention.