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Old 07 February 2005, 11:04   #1
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After about a week of looking into the MCA and local ports requirements for coding, i am now having to look for a SOLAS liferaft. Does anybody have recommedations on where to get one...e.g cheap (i know they are not cheap, but the cheapest place)
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Old 07 February 2005, 11:09   #2
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Old 07 February 2005, 13:20   #3
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has it got to be SOLAS B pack one as well, reading the MCA code it has to be a hard packed one if in an open RIB. Im looking for one as well, but if cant find a good price then might hire one, just to get by.
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Old 07 February 2005, 13:48   #4
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I'm sure someone will correct me if i am wrong.

1) SOLAS B or ISAF/OSR, but need a grab bag with all the bits to equip to SOLAS B
2) To quote the text " in FRP containers or Valise stowed in a readily accessible and dedicated weatherlight locker"


It will also depending on the coding MCA or local

As example

Eastleigh, " sufficient aggregate capacity (buoyant)
Portmouth - liferaft - but does not state FRP/Va;ise


Asa people mentioned before, it depends on what you need...................................all roads really lead to a liferaft...........
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I get good trade discounts on Ocean Safety Viking and Plastimo liferafts. let me know what price you get offered and I'll see if I can get it for you at a lower price.


Why must the Solas b be in a grab bag surely it's better being inside the Canister? what if you don't have time to get it? Think of the only conditions you will really require a liferaft on a Rib and be it collision or fire then you may not have the ability or desire to go back for a grab bag
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Old 07 February 2005, 17:55   #6
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Reading the gumph,it has to be built to solas/cartwheel spec and equiped to solas B,if raft is not equiped to solas B then a grab bag can be used to supplement raft.
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I didn't read it properly . bad boy me!

I'd stil;l go for the non grab bag option
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Agree dont want anymore gear skulling around.
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Personally i would (& do) go the Grab Bag option - for a few reasons:

- I'm always going to have a grab bag anyway so having a few more bits in it doesn't hurt
- Whilst i appreciate Stu's point re getting the grab bag at the moment you need it, if it is accessible this shouldn't be a great issue. We keep ours towards the front of the craft away from likely sources of fire
- We keep spare VHFs, emergency manuals etc in the grab bag - you can't do that in the cannister
- I can refill the grab bag at my own cost rather than being beholden to the person that services it

One of the key reasons though was that the vast majority of liferafts sold are not Solas B but are RORC so you had to do the grab bag route anyway

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Old 08 February 2005, 16:14   #10
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grab bag or not.

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Personally i would (& do) go the Grab Bag option - for a few reasons:

- I'm always going to have a grab bag anyway so having a few more bits in it doesn't hurt
- Whilst i appreciate Stu's point re getting the grab bag at the moment you need it, if it is accessible this shouldn't be a great issue. We keep ours towards the front of the craft away from likely sources of fire
- We keep spare VHFs, emergency manuals etc in the grab bag - you can't do that in the cannister
- I can refill the grab bag at my own cost rather than being beholden to the person that services it

One of the key reasons though was that the vast majority of liferafts sold are not Solas B but are RORC so you had to do the grab bag route anyway

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I find to include it is fine as it reduces the stuff on the boat and then simply have a bag with the spare radio a few tpas first aid etc in.
The problem with all of it being in the grab I found was that its supplimentary stuff which in the main I felt happy to have packed away. All I did was think through my useage and have a grab handy for the things to which needed checking ie torches/radios/first aids etc etc and which may get used anyway.
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