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Old 07-03-2020, 09:54 AM
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So im going from a express to a center console. When i had the express i had a valise 6 man switlik throw bag. Its pretty heavy and just left it in the cabin. You think its necessary for a unsinkable center console? The bag isnt new but i do get it serviced every couple years. Does anyone use something different , possibly lighter and smaller?
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How many will generally be on the CC? A smaller liferaft is better for less people - they are more stable the closer to capacity they are - and if it's too heavy to lift, what if you had to deploy it when injured?

As to how necessary, I would say that's more dependable on where you boat rather than the style of boat - but of course being unsinkable comes into the equation, as does any other safety equipment you carry.

As with any safety gear that is non-compulsory, ultimately only you can make the decision but this is perhaps a good place to hear people's thoughts to weigh up your answer.
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Originally Posted by Turtlebull View Post
So im going from a express to a center console. When i had the express i had a valise 6 man switlik throw bag. Its pretty heavy and just left it in the cabin. You think its necessary for a unsinkable center console? The bag isnt new but i do get it serviced every couple years. Does anyone use something different , possibly lighter and smaller?
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How do you know the CC is unsinkable?
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
How do you know the CC is unsinkable?
No one knows for sure but this is enough to convince me otherwise. Im looking for input from someone who has a lighter and more modern option liferaft with less storage than a cabin
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Originally Posted by Turtlebull View Post
So im going from a express to a center console. When i had the express i had a valise 6 man switlik throw bag. Its pretty heavy and just left it in the cabin. You think its necessary for a unsinkable center console? The bag isnt new but i do get it serviced every couple years. Does anyone use something different , possibly lighter and smaller?
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Unnecessary? No. Fiberglass burns to the water line.

Plus if the water is cold or colder hypothermia will still kill you if you can't get out of the water and get warm. Get an insulated floor.

Soft valise is fine. Maybe buy a waterproof bag to put it in if concerned about it getting wet. I had a waterproof bag I got from West Marine that I put my 4 person raft in. I put mine on the floor inside my center console.
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Originally Posted by bens2 View Post
Unnecessary? No. Fiberglass burns to the water line.

Plus if the water is cold or colder hypothermia will still kill you if you can't get out of the water and get warm. Get an insulated floor.

Soft valise is fine. Maybe buy a waterproof bag to put it in if concerned about it getting wet. I had a waterproof bag I got from West Marine that I put my 4 person raft in. I put mine on the floor inside my center console.
Thanks I think the six man is a touch big for console storage. Maybe a smaller 4 man in the bag is a better option to store inside the cabin without giving up too much space
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Winslow makes a 6 man that they’ll pack in a very small 25x15x11 if I recall. It’s in my forward seating compartment. It’s smaller than a backpack. Love mine.
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Revere Survival Coastal Compact 6 person- less than 25 lbs and has an optional canopy.
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Originally Posted by Turtlebull View Post
Thanks I think the six man is a touch big for console storage. Maybe a smaller 4 man in the bag is a better option to store inside the cabin without giving up too much space
Before you decide, check out the actual size of a four man when inflated. To say it's cozy is an understatement!
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Thanks for the advice. I think the 6 man over 75 lb raft I got needs to be replaced and or upgraded to something lighter and smaller
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Revere coastal commander. If your boat burns...
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It might not sink, but it will capsize, and there's no way to climb up, and stay on, a capsized small boat in any seas capable of capsizing it.

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Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
Winslow makes a 6 man that they’ll pack in a very small 25x15x11 if I recall. It’s in my forward seating compartment. It’s smaller than a backpack. Love mine.
^^^THIS^^^

I have a Winslow also on my 28 CC, easy to store and only ways about 30 lbs.
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Winslow ultralight offshore raft light and compact. Not cheap, but nothing about boating is.
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Originally Posted by joemat View Post
Winslow ultralight offshore raft light and compact. Not cheap, but nothing about boating is.
I have a Winslow Ultralight Offshore 6 person raft in the valise and without measuring it, since I'm not at the boat, I'd say it packs down to 24" X 10" X 15". It's has a full canopy and a double floor. The full pack only weighs 43 lbs. I have my Winslow raft since 2013 and I've had it repacked twice. Like joemat says, they aren't cheap. I paid in the $4k neighborhood.
I asked the guys at LRSE to take a couple of pictures of it when it was repacked last.

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All,
Thank you for all the great comments our customers are awesome.

Turtlebull if you are still in the market for a New Liferaft we are running specials right now since you guys cant go to boat shows. Feel free to message me and we can set you up right our 6 person Ultra-Light Offshore only weights 36lbs and is packed up to 8 x 16 x 22/ H x W x L. It has a double floor, full canopy, and survival kit. Just shoot me a private message.
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Price?
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Default Just purchased Winslow

I bought a 6 person in 2006, decided at this point would need a new one. Spoke to Winslow and they were running a discount and picked up an ultra light 4 person on valise. You can get hardpack same price. I’ll let Winslow chime in but less than list

now what to do with the old raft - kids want to pop open in our canal
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Thank you StandinRoomOnly,

Yes we are running specials feel free to send me a private message for the pricing.
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I don't have one, but have thought about it a lot. Particularly in the winter when the odds of survival decrease dramatically if you wind up in the drink.

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