Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Support for Liferaft on rails

Red1 Stella SM359

Thanks again for the feedback.  

I am still thinking that the 40kg from the bottom of the locker during emergency might be an issue if I need if I need to take it out while injured.  As you say the probable moment when you would want to evacuate the boat would be in case of fire when you have no desire to be fighting with a heavy cargo at the bottom of a locker on the side of the engine room or galley.  I shall be looking for a way to have the life-raft on deck in a holder on the rails probably stern port. (As far as possible from the potential fire locations.)

I will finalise the options as soon as I get to the boat next month.

Thanks for the feedback.

On 11 Feb 2018, at 16:38, Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

hi All,

 For what it's worth, two of the most experienced sailors I have ever come across , one owning a Swan 57 with over 100,000 miles experience, the other having competed in the same boat in about 15 Sydney to Hobarts ,  plus sailed a couple of circumnavigations and the North West passage, both stowed their liferafts very securely on deck.

Both lost their liferafts in heavy weather.

The power of the sea sweeping a deck can be overwhelming.

 We keep ours in the locker..

Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Preveza, Greece

From: amelyachtowners@... <amelyachtowners@...> on behalf of greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: 10 February 2018 16:31:49
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Support for Liferaft on rails

As far as I know, every liferaft manufacturer makes a rail mount holder to fit the life rafts that they have packaged for exterior exposure.  Have you contacted them? Design of these isn’t always simple, especially if you use a hydrostatic release.

Our thinking on life rafts has slowly evolved as we have lived with one, and reading about those few cases where people actually needed to deploy one.  

On an Amel, with multiple watertight compartments, it seems the most likely reason for needing to take to the raft is an uncontrolled fire on board. With this in mind,  I do not consider storage below deck a good idea.

I have no issue with storage in the bottom of the Amel deep Port side deck locker.  Anything stored on top would just be thrown overboard in an emergency.  Yes, our four-man raft is heavy (80lbs/40kg) but not so heavy any single crew member could not lift it if they HAD to.  A 6 or 8 man raft changes that calculation a lot.  A 8 man raft is really heavy and awkward.  If I felt the need for 8 man raft capacity I would seriously consider using two four man rafts!

We have ended up with our valise packed raft in the cockpit locker as part of our ongoing effort to move weight as far starboard as possible.  I am liking it there for another reason, it gets looked at a lot!  It anything was going wrong, we would see it.

Join to automatically receive all group messages.