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Old 21 September 2006, 07:36   #1
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Part of commercially equipping our boat will be to get liferafts (2 x 6 Man), wheres the cheapest place to get them, as all the ones Ive seen seem to be for recreational use only...

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Old 21 September 2006, 08:24   #2
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Ocean Safety in Saxon Wharf would be worth a call, as they supply and service many of the commerical rafts. They also service many of the rafts people take into the local chandlers for a service.

http://www.oceansafety.com/company/southampton.html

Suffolk Sailing also have some good prices from time to time.

http://www.suffolk-sailing.co.uk/main.htm

Also worth thinking about what goes in to the life rafe for long term costs. If the extra flares for SOLAS B are caried in the raft then you will need additional ones on board to satisfy the surveyor, (you can't open the raft just to get the flares) same for termal protective aids (TPAs). If these items are carried in a grab bag instead of inside the liferaft you will only need one set in addition to the basic ones in any raft, which in 3 years time is one set to replace not two and one set of TPAs to carry not two. Lower initial and ongoing costs in addition to storage, which always seems limited on a rib.

Gary at Messenger Marine services my liferaft annually, would be worth also having a chat to him and whoever you intend to do the survey before you buy.

http://www.messengermarine.co.uk/

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Old 23 September 2006, 19:16   #3
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give norwest marine a call in liverpool. 0151 207 2860 there is nowhere in the uk cheaper. cheers jerry
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premium are the cheapest and quick great to deal with www.liferafts.com 0800 243 673 email info@liferafts.com
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Hi Pete

I can highly recommend SEMS based in Essex, who supply a hell of a lot of liferafts, new and hire, to the commercial charter companies.

I have used this company for our RYA sail and power school for years now. I have for instance two SOLAS 'B' 6 man valise rafts on our Sigma 38, a ten man canister with hydro static release unit on our 7.9m dive boat, our other yachts have an ocean canister aboard.

Send me a Private e-mail for more info if you require. I am always coding vessels for our club members, I am happy to help.

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Old 26 September 2006, 11:45   #6
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Thanks for all the info,

As we are going to do the chartering as a "part time" interest at weekends its a matter of slowly building up the equipment spec (beyond that of a normal leisure user)
We carnt afford to pay for a survey until we have virtually all the equipment required, hence the questions one by one as we purchase items.

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dont buy one rent it, are you getting the soft or the hard ones.
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Planning to get hard ones that will mount on a bathing platform on the rear of transom
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west sussex gotta be messenger marine they sell Ocean Safety retail chaeper than I can get them trade!
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Plastimo life rafts

We are going to code our new 9m Baltic when we get it in the springing we use a plastimo raft to iso 9650-1 or 2 instead of a detra approved type,
as they have a 12 year Warranty and 3 year servicing?
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