What Type Of Life Raft Do I Need?
Each type of vessel requires a different solution depending on a number of factors. Is the intended use recreational or commercial? Will the vessel be at sea or fresh water boating? There is no single simple answer. UC Marine Life Rafts has been supplying and servicing the highest quality life rafts since 2010. Every life raft we offer is built to the most exacting standards. We search for the top models featuring premium quality materials and workmanship that are designed to save your life in the most terrifying of sea conditions. We offer a FREE analysis of your specific requirements then make recommendations for the most suitable and cost effective solution to your marine safety requirements.
How Often Should I Have My Life Raft Serviced?
Each life raft has different servicing requirements. Is your vessel for private recreational use or a commercial maritime vessel? Some models require service every few years, others every year to maintain full effectiveness. UC Marine Life Rafts is approved by SOLAS, CCS, GL, ZY. UC Marine Life Rafts expert service technicians can repair almost every make and model of life raft and can keep your raft in ready condition should the unthinkable ever happen when at sea. Call us for a free consultation and quote.
How Do I Know If I Need A Life Raft?
If your vessel travels more than 3 miles offshore, you are required to have a life raft.
Why Do All Boaters Need A Life Raft?
Safety experts estimate that half of all drowning victims die from the fatal effects of cold water, or hypothermia, and not from water filled lungs. Having a life raft aboard your vessel can help you avoid direct contact with the elements that can cause hypothermia, as well as provide you with the supplies you might need in order to sustain life should anything ever happen to your vessel.
Does The Emergency Pack Contain Food?
To call it food would be an exaggeration. However, our emergency pack does include drinking water, packaged in 100 ml bags, and emergency sea rations. In the first 24 hours after an emergency at sea, one should not consume any food or drinking water due to a shock effect. As a rule of thumb, a value of 100 ml of water per person per day later takes effect.
Is A Life Raft Better Protected In A Canister Or In A Valise?
Naturally, the canister is better protected than the valise. However, if stored properly, the life raft is equally protected by the canister and the valise. We recommend storage in the canister because generally a valise is not stowed where it should be. Often the valise is stored in some kind of locker seat where something else might be placed on top of it that could damage the raft. In addition, the canister is attached to the boat while the valise is not secured to anything. If an emergency arises and the raft is still thrown overboard, it is then useless. This happened to professional sailors in the Fastnet Race in 1979.