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Old 25 February 2011, 09:45   #1
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Coding process

I have a 6metre RIB that I am starting to work through getting coded. Regarding the liferaft that I need say for 6 persons do people recommend the valise style or the cannister.
Where do you generally stow it as there isnt much room on a 6 metre boat.
if going for the valise style does it require to be strapped down and do you require a hydrostatic release
Thanks in advance - I may have further questions
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Old 25 February 2011, 13:11   #2
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We have a 585 Ribtec coded for six, we carry a cannister liferaft in a cradle with hydrostatic release. The balance/weight on the boat needs to be right. I got the balance wrong on first brief and moved it forward.Our Larger coded RIBs have cannisters and think these are more suitable for RIBs despite Previously having a 6.5 coded with an eight man valise which was held on the deck with quick release straps. I believe the coding now states this valise would have to be in a locker now.

I would suggest a quick call to Duncan at http://www.saundersmorganharris.com/da/18577
who has inspected and cleared all our ribs previously. He also uses Ribnet so may be along shortly with wise words.

Also code can be checked here http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-mn...23704CA95E9786 section 13 refers to liferafts and states
.Liferafts should be carried either:-
i) in approved FRP containers stowed on the weather deck or in an open space, and fitted with float free arrangements so that the liferafts float free and inflate automatically; or
ii) in FRP containers or valise stowed in readily accessible and dedicated weathertight lockers opening directly to the weather deck.
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Old 25 February 2011, 14:40   #3
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........if going for the valise style does it require to be strapped down and do you require a hydrostatic release
Valise need to be in a weathertight locker

OR

Canister needs to be locker OR in a float free location (i.e. on deck)

If Can is in float free location should be fitted with a HRU

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Old 25 February 2011, 18:40   #4
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Doug and Ian have said exactly what I would have said.
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Thanks for your responses looks like a cannister is the way to go
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Old 28 February 2011, 08:23   #6
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We have a Lifeguard canister raft on ours. It's a 'suitcase' rather than a cylinder so it fits quite nicely between the front of the console and the anchor locker. It's balanced out pretty well with a heavy engine (140 4t) and a bench seat at the back with the batteries and other hefty kit stowed under there.
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Old 28 February 2011, 12:54   #7
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This is ours in the bow on 6.5m. Its eight man it would be too heavy near the stern of the boat
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This is ours in the bow on 6.5m. Its eight man it would be too heavy near the stern of the boat
Interesting to see that they've gone that way. My RIB had hers in a cradle (I think) blocking the console access hatch - a b@stard of a position. Can you access your electrics without removing the raft?

I keep my spare fuel cans up there now, attached to eyebolts where the old frame bolts used to be. Handy for the long runs!
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