Originally Posted by spectre racing
I accept maybe for Syndney Hobart rib races or fastnet rib races a liferaft might be a comfort but for 99.9% of the ribbing population who likes to burn around the Solent a liferaft is a waste of deckspace and a hazard.
The fact that the defence is coming for a liferaft salesman proves the point.
Who says a liferaft must be deck mounted? If you like to burn up and down the Solent you are probably more likely to have a collision. The water is not always that warm and if you did have to abandon boat I know exactly where I would prefer to be whilst I waited for the RNLI or India Juliet..... In a nice warm liferaft wrapped up in a TPA.
I agree that a liferaft might not be so useful on a boat buzzing up and down the Solent if space is limited but a small 4 man raft in a valise takes up no more room than your cool box packed with all your beer, in an emergency such as a fire it would be a useful item to have. There are quite a few members on this forum who cruise a lot further afield than the Solent and to make stupid generalisations about it being some money making scam for the MCA is just plain stupid and makes you sound like you are trolling.
The fact that I sell liferafts has nothing to do with my opinion on here - I sell a handful each year and its no big money earner for me. I have been sailing since I was 7 years old. I have been driving Rigid Inflatable Boats professionally and for pleasure for about 14 years. I sail thousands of sea miles each year on all sorts of boats professionally and for fun, I write in-depth sailing news and have done for many years and I am also fully trained in boat repair, plus I used to service rafts for Messenger Marine before they sold out so I think I have some experience on the subject of the suitability of liferafts for boats and its not my commercial head speaking. But since you have given me the idea if anyone wants a raft there is a discount for RIBnet members!
The fact that you only joined this forum a couple of days ago and spouted of some tosh about it being a socialist scam doesnt help your argument.