Originally Posted by Pablo
What do you think of the French legal requirements ?
- a liferaft !
- a horseshoe float (I don't know its real name)
- a floating self righting flash light
- a mirror
The last three are eminently sensible - 3 & 4 are taken directly from the SOLAS requirements for items to be carried in liferafts / ships lifeboats.
The liferaft requirement does seem a bit over the top though - must admit I've never noticed a proliferation of liferafts on French boast and I spend half my time in Frenh ports!
How is it enforced in relation to expiry dates, release mechanisms, etc ?
On mentioning it to a few of the crew, I received a wonderful smile and Gallic shrug from our bosun, who also has his own rib. Yes he knows the rules, everyone knows the rules, which is why for years he has had an empty liferaft cannister strapped to the boat!