NO not really! You are putting a lot of weight on the arse end of the boat also in the case of a capsize you may well be fkkd up (hopefully not) so deployment of the raft is out of your hands
I take it you are going to code your bote and operate it as a commercial skipper?
If so you will need to go on a sea survival course and on this they explain in quite detail the theory behind life raft operation. At a later point you will get in the pool and practice getting in to de slipery wett fing. big hint don't get your lifejacket buckle caught in the rope ladder of the life raft it can be exhausting!
The rafts are held on to the boat with Hamar releases and they automaticlly cut the hold on to the cardle after a bit of a soaking. The liferaft is thrown overband it is held on to the boat buy a cord known as the weaklink so called as it is designed to break when the vessel sinks below a certain depth usually 2 metres but until that time it secures the liferaft to the boat so it doesn't float away and you can get in it!
The liferaft when inflated is easy enough to turn over (if upside down ) having little footholds to assist the operator to do this. You then get in and tie the liferafts together by now I imagine one larger liferaft may be desirable! Once everybody is in you cut the weaklink.
Don't forget when you are getting into the liferaft for real you are in the shit and if running day charters with several people you don't know and can't trust in an emergency it needs to be a relatively easy process . and should be touched on in your customer safety briefing.
You'd have to do this course anyway so why not do it before the boat is delivered. It's actually good fun and could well save your life. 80 quid or so
Warsah maritime centre run em
Atlantic college may well do them
And I would thing somewhere around Milford would.
Also you can get a surprisingly large amount of Liferaft info from the Plastimo catalogue log into the website and order one if you want.
Perhaps we should organise a ribnet away day to Warsash for us Solenteers.
On an up note you would rarely get into a situation that would require deployment of the liferaft but you never know your luck so be ready
If you are not going to code your boat then ignore this and go on the course anyway