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Old 13 November 2007, 14:40   #1
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hydrostatic liferaft?

Hi
I am looking at coding my new 8.4m rib.
The builder is doing most of it.
I am checking out liferaft hire (NorWest Marine) what is unclear is if a Hydrostaitic release is a requirement?

Cat 3 - solus B
definative advise please?
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Old 13 November 2007, 15:54   #2
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I am MCA coding a 7.8 for code 3/4 and have been advised by the surveyor I can place in bench/or consul provided it is readily available and does not need hydro release
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ditto hydro

exactly the same advice and also we have a norwest. definately not required if it is in a float free situation.
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Depends

If it's a valise type it must be in a locker in order to protect it from the elements - so ne requirement for straps and a hydrostatic release.

If it's in a GRP canister it depends how you stow it. It can go in a locker in the same way as a valise type. If doing this it must be easily deployable. This may require fitting some sort of webbing handles so it can be lifted out easily - they're heavy and difficult to get a grip on when wet!

If stowed on deck it obviously needs to be strapped down. If it's strapped down it should have a hydrostatic release.

That's how I apply the rules when inspecting boats.
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If it's strapped down it should have a hydrostatic release.

That's how I apply the rules when inspecting boats.
Why? Surely if it's strapped on deck with a suitable manual release it's already easier to deploy than if it was stored in a locker.

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Why? Surely if it's strapped on deck with a suitable manual release it's already easier to deploy than if it was stored in a locker.

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Thats the rules John

Valise is stowed out of the weather (in a locker)

Canister is stowed on deck with a HRU

It may not seem , logical but then a lot of regulations dont.
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Old 20 November 2007, 03:43   #9
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Ours is in a cage at the front of the boat.
The liftraft is a float free type and the cage is designed to assist thet.
We did not have to have the hydro release.

We also have the option to lift the raft out and deploy by hand.

We have a security bar that locks the raft in place at night or when not at sea.
It is removed as part of the boat prep on working days

CAT 3? does you RIB have a cabin? if not I do not think you will get CAT 3 now.
You have to have shelter for all on board if operating after dark and this can not be a temp shelter, they are very specific on this.
If you do I would be very interested in how you got it through.

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CAT 3? does you RIB have a cabin? if not I do not think you will get CAT 3 now. You have to have shelter for all on board if operating after dark and this can not be a temp shelter, they are very specific on this. If you do I would be very interested in how you got it through. Cheers
Jon, thats what I thought too, until I saw that the latest MCA "open" ribs had gained CAT 3. I think they claim that there crews always have drysuits on - but I think thats bending the rules a little to far.

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