Judy and I are cruising and need to be able to carry extra fuel in
Jerry Cans. We found a 18.9 liter Jerry Can that we are able to fit
10 into the "Liferaft Locker." We placed the liferaft into the port
lazerette to give us storage for the 10 Jerry Cans and because we also
struggled with the removal of the liferaft from its locker.
Here is an alternate idea for you. Had we not needed the storage
space for the diesel, we were considering storing some seldom used
items at the bottom of the liferaft locker raising the level of the
liferaft. I believe if it were just under the hatch, all of your
concerns would be satisfied.
Bill & Judy Rouse
s/v BeBe SM2 #387
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crossing we meticulously checked out all our safety gear. The
liferaft, in a valise, was stowed in the "liferaft locker" midships on
the port side. We made a dummy run to "launch" it. We used the
eye under the mast to rig a a block and tackle to lift the liferaft
(we had struggled to lift it manually through the opening.) Rigging
the tackle was very quick but the problem was that the valise would
not go through the opening. After about 15 minutes we managed to
work it through. Balancing the conditions in which it might be used
v the adrenalin rush from the emergency we decided to repace he valise
(which was 10 years old but still certificated.) with a canister which
is stowed in a quick release mount outside the rails on the port side
aft. The only problems we have had with this arrangement is that it
has at times caught on posts, protrusions from docks and the like. We
have a fender on the
outboard side of the liferaft and as such we have never sufferedanything worthy of entering in the log!
nothing other than a normal safety briefing and see if the result is
acceptable to you.