Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Liferaft question
Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
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my comments about deck and rail mount previously remain my opinion, ie vulnerable however there is another very serious consideration. Unless it is a calm sea holing (and on the Amel we have watertight bulkheads) the time we are going to need it conditions may be horrendous. The experience of the Fastnet race and the Pacific June storm says don't deploy early. There were cases of the inflated life raft spinning on the end of its tether, the tether breaking and the liferaft bounding away across the wave tops. Incidentally the crew lived to tell the tale. Most abandoned boats were found still floating after the storm abated.
From those two massive storms, with many yachts involved in each the advice is, Don't climb down into your life raft, climb up. In other words, leave your yacht only just before it sinks. If you think things feel bad in your substantial yacht think what it will be like in a rubber bubble.
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
From: "jjjk12s@yahoo..com [amelyachtowners]"
Sent: Friday, 20 January 2017 8:48 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Liferaft question
If you plan on serious sailing and really want to do it properly then stowage on deck or aft-rail with a hydrostatic release is the way to go. (Ok mine is in the cockpit locker.) But more important than location is to practice an abandon ship routine. An important thing that can be picked up from commercial boats is to do emergancy practice drills, same for fire, grounding, and man-overboard recovery. Also if you are planning on going a long way, attend a course and actually inflate and use a raft in a controlled environment.
John, Popeye, Maramu #91