Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Depth of life raft locker

Ian Park

We have a Viking Ocean self righting Liferaft. Bought specifically for that attribute.
Our Santorin already had the liferaft mounted on the aft deck, jest behind the mizzen mast. I thought of moving it to the rail like the 54, but decided that if the worst happened then we would be awash in the cockpit in the best place to deploy it.
I didn’t consider the life raft locker. I didn’t fancy the juggle on the side deck to extricate it.
I can still store my dinghy over the liferaft (the transom slots in between the mast and the raft! But I do have to deflate the front tube to keep it out of the way of the mizzen mainsheet. It only goes there on long passages to keep the foredeck clear.

Ocean Hobo SN96

On 27 Nov 2017, at 23:58, James Cromie jamescromie@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Do any of you own a viking raft?  The off-shore version weighs in at 80 lbs.  Though I could lift this out, I doubt my wife could do that if I were incapacitated… However, it appears to be the only self-righting raft out there .

On Nov 27, 2017, at 2:00 AM, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Congratulations Mark on your new Amel.  I can't tell you the depth of the locker as I am not on the boat, but it is close to 4 feet.  I just bought a 6-man Switlik that weighs about 60 lbs and is a considerably smaller package than my old Datrex raft.  I'm 70 years old now and don't think I'd have any problem yanking it out with adrenaline pumping.  It is very close to the extra mizzen halyard if necessary.
I don't like having large equipment hanging outside the lifelines.

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