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Old 28 March 2006, 03:45   #1
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Life raft on a rib

Hi

I am currently buying my first Rib , a Ribeye 750 with two Yahama 115 engines.

As I live in Jersey I intend to island hop and go to France, maximum distance of journey 20 miles.

I'm told I should buy a life raft on a Rib this size yet I have never seen a life raft on a rib...................which seems to me like putting a life raft on a life raft................advice will be greatly appreciated !

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Old 28 March 2006, 04:55   #2
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Hello Musk,

I am also based in Jersey. We have a 12 man liferaft for charter work and it is a pain!.

Realistically, look at the furthest offshore you are likely to be, not distance to places, and also weather you are realistically going offshore in??

Jersey St Malo - 8 miles from french or Jersey coast / minquiers

Jersey - Cart / portbail 5 miles Ecrehous in the Middle

Guernsey - 10 miles

Most likely need for a liferaft on a Rib is FIRE!! whether caused by electronics or engines. Also need to think how many people you need the liferaft for.

hope this helps a little

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Old 28 March 2006, 04:58   #3
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Depending on your budget, you could buy a liferaft in a valise (bag) that can be stowed fairly easily on a RIB for about 500 - check out www.messengermarine.co.uk for hire/buy options - Gary will be able to offer some good advice..
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Old 28 March 2006, 07:06   #4
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I really wouldn't bother for private use. Capsize is my biggest concern and if you are upside down a liferaft is as well.

Commercial operators now have to carry them because the proffessional boaters association complained and said - if we have to carry them then so do ribs - pathetic!!!
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Old 28 March 2006, 07:39   #5
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each to their own codders and not 100% correct - if your rib is upside down and the liferaft is set up correctly it will deploy upright as normal. As an aside, if your going to be out in conditions where you think your prosport may capsize, I would think it prudent to carry one...
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Old 28 March 2006, 07:42   #6
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Do life rafts have echomax radar reflectors on them ?

According to some people on this forum they are the only ones that work and I would have thought that the one time when you need a radar reflector is when you are in a tiny inflatable with no power.
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Old 28 March 2006, 08:11   #7
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Liferaft on a Rib

Thanks for the advise,

As Karlt points out I will only ever be 8 miles or so from land and I only intend to be a fair weather ribber........if the weather looks crap I simply won't go out.

My Rib lacks storage space and to have a raft for 8 people will take up valuable space.

I have also got 2 engines which must reduce the probability of breakdown.

Unless anyone suggests differently I am unaware of any non commercal ribs which have liferafts........for my type of useage, although I hope I will be corrected if this is not the case !

Thanks

Musk

P.s. Hope to see you out Karlt
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Old 28 March 2006, 10:55   #8
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Hi

Liferafts have to be carried for charter for local/MCA coding. And to be honest Codders if you are paying then you should have this facility to keep them warm.

depending on what it is e.g SOLAS then there is a radar reflector. In al cases i think there need to be a grab bag for all theose little things like a handhel VHF , spare batteries.....
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Old 28 March 2006, 11:54   #9
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We have an 8 man raft. Fits nicely!





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Old 28 March 2006, 11:57   #10
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Do life rafts have echomax radar reflectors on them ?

According to some people on this forum they are the only ones that work and I would have thought that the one time when you need a radar reflector is when you are in a tiny inflatable with no power.


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