After some research on life rafts, I found that the best solution for
my particular needs was a windlow 6 Man offshore unit for the
1-It is consistently rated #1 by the sailing publications.
2-It weighs about 75 lbs in the soft case. Enabling most crew members
to lift it out of the liferaft locker and deploy.
3-The life raft can be vacum packed (making it even smaller). This
extends your service time to at least 3 years and on a passage it can
be stores on deck without worry of water intrusion. Also you can use
most of the storage space unserneath the life raft locker.
4-Windslow was a good company to deal with. If you take into
consideration what you get and the money you save by servicing every
3 years the price is not too bad.