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Old 05-23-2020, 02:49 PM
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What is anyone's thoughts as what is the best value for a 4 man life raft for a center console that will always be within 80 miles of shore?
Old 05-23-2020, 03:10 PM
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I really dont think how far offshore matters weather your 5 miles or 500 miles offshore for a LIFE raft. The real question is what is your life and your passengers life worth?? That is the question. SWITLICK (SP?) is the ony life raft I would own
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Without question, Switlik offers the best performance and value of marina flotation gear
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You asked best value, search on here for a thread where BOE Marine had a recent sale:
​​​​​​Ocean Safety Standard Offshore 4 Person Liferaft- Valise Packed

SKU: OCE-45-RAF0430 $1,079.00 plus shipping
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i have always had the canister type on a sports Fisherman i had and as i recall it would need to be repacked every three years for about $800. Is this same thing true on a valise type?
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After looking pretty closely at all the different manufacturers, I went with Viking. While not the cheapest, they offered the best quality raft for the money in my opinion.
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While floating in rough seas waiting for the helo, are you really thinking “gee, glad I saved a few dollars”.

Like brakes and tires, don’t cheap out in the important stuff. Buy store brand crackers or juice instead.
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Buy the one thats closer to you thts manufactured. Winslow is 45 minute drive away from me, I drop off for certifications and pick back up saving a good chunk in shipping. Look for certification places for the various raft companies.
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I have a 6 man Winslow. Made 9/18, valise, $2200. Message me if any interest.
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Originally Posted by Ncjup View Post
i have always had the canister type on a sports Fisherman i had and as i recall it would need to be repacked every three years for about $800. Is this same thing true on a valise type?
Yes
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If anyone has any questions about life rafts feel free to let us know.

We have had 4 rescues in the last year which we are pretty happy about and all of survivors were happy to have a Winslow LifeRaft aboard.

We are running specials right now due to you all not being able to go to a boat show to get a special.

There is a difference on what kind of liferaft you get for your vessel such as how far out do you go, who will be deploying the liferaft or getting the supplies, and most important how many people do you plan on carrying on the vessel. you should take all these into consideration when choosing a liferaft. If your guests you bring on board cannot lift over 40lbs and you have a 90lbs liferaft that may as well not have a liferaft. If you have a coastal liferaft and you go out 500 miles it will take a much longer time to reach you and you may need more supplies then what the liferaft has in it such as food and water. We hear the statement all the time I have an Epirb and they will come and get me in 20 min but the coast guard has 90 minutes of prep time to leave to go get you. If you have a 4 man liferaft aboard and your have 8 people aboard what happens to the other 4 people?

A few things to consider about the liferaft itself. Say you did get your liferaft out and deploy it manually because you had a fire (which is 70% of the accidents that happen on the water) is it stable enough in the water for people to get in, will it not flip over in ruff seas, does it self-right if deployed upside down?

How about service or when it was made. Typical Life rafts last in the field about 12-15 years depending if you are keeping up on service and where your getting it serviced. When was the last time the service station got audited to make sure they are doing things correctly to the MFG. Manuals. When was your liferaft built say you went down to your local shop and you thought you purchased a brand new liferaft which was shipped to you would you be angry if you found out it had been built 2 year prior and just sitting on a shelf collecting time from the 12-15year lifespan?

At the end of the day ask the questions, take a course, and learn how a liferaft is your last lifeline and you need to count on that to save your life.
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Default Well...depends

I would not take this out in rough water, but I bought a 14’ Saturn ZK430XL. 10HP and planes at 20MPH smooth water and super stable. Only $1K at BoatsToGo, but would not risk offshore!!!

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