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Types sizes and shapes 1

Life rafts are constructed in various sizes and shapes. They are usually made of rubber or PVC. The life raft should be stored either in a neoprene or canvas valise or in a glass fiber container. Life rafts should be approved, such as by SOLAS...

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Types sizes and shapes 2

Life rafts come in various types. The simplest type is the rescue platform, also called PODS. PODS offer only a basic protection and should be restricted in use near shore or inshore. The canopy must be inflated manually, and no survival gear is...

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Maintenance

To keep your liferaft in good condition, have it annually overhauled by an approved life raft service station. You can do some checking and maintenance yourself check if the storage container is broken or cracked. If yes then patch it temporarly...

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Solas equipment pack 1

Let’s have a look at a SOLAS “A” equipment pack which you can find inside an ocean going raft: The pack includes Thermal protective aids, Paddles, a Manual inflation pump, a Repair kit, Repair clamps, Pressure relief valve plug...

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Solas equipment pack 2

The equipment pack also contains, Parachute rockets, Hand flares, Buoyant smoke signals, Seasickness bags, Water storage bags, a Signaling mirror, a Whistle, Anti – seasickness pills, a spare Sea anchor, and a radar reflector.

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Storage

Your raft should be easily and permanently accessible. Never tie your life raft with a rope or store it inside a boat. In case the boat sinks, the life raft would be trapped and eventually lost. To avoid losing your raft, place it in a cradle...

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Deployment

If you have time to deploy the raft before your boat sinks, release the raft manually. First release the slip hook and heave the raft over the side to leeward. Throw it overboard and haul off on the painter until the raft inflates. In the event...

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Four key words

After boarding keep these 4 keywords in mind: Cut, Stream, Close, Maintain. These are the first actions to be taken when a life raft has been boarded. Cut the painter line to free the raft from the sinking boat. Stream the sea anchor to slow down...

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Man over board

Here are the actions taken imediatelly when a person falls overboard: Shout “Man overboard” to inform the rest of the crew members. Say whether the person fell over on the starboard or the port side. Throw a lifebuoy. This provides a...

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Man over board prevention

In a man overboard situation, the skipper is responsible for taking immediate action to safely recover the person from the water. As regards any kind of emergency, preventing accidents should be the ultimate goal of the entire crew. As the old...

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Recovering person on board

Getting a person on board can be difficult: first you must judge whether or not the victim can help himself, if he can help himself and it is safe to do so, use a bathing ladder or platform; if the person cannot help himself, it will be necessary...

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Introduction

Each crew member of a boat needs some form of personal buoyancy. Therefore your boat must carry approved life jackets or buoyancy aids. Life jackets are designed to keep an unconscious person on his back in the water, so that mouth and nose are...

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Choosing a flotation device 1

How do you choose the correct buoyancy device for you and your crew? First consider your cruising area. When you are cruising offshore, such as in open waters where rescue may be delayed, you should have 275 Newton (BSEN 399) life jackets on...

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Choosing a flotation device 2

When you have selected your flotation aid, try it on and make sure it has a comfortable but snug fit. The label provided on the jacket gives information about recommended size and weight of the wearer. Never select a jacket which is too big, and...

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Testing a flotation device

To test and become accustomed to your life jacket or buoyancy aid, you should wear it in shallow and calm water or in a pool where your feet can still reach the bottom. The flotation device should be properly fastened, and loose ends must be...

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Storing and checks 1

Here are a few vital tips on how to maintain and store your life jacket and floating device: 1. Don’t put any heavy objects on your jacket, since it may become compressed and lose buoyancy; 2. Rinse your jacket with fresh water when it has...

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Storing and checks 2

Here are some important checks that will help to keep your jacket in good working order: 1. Check your jacket visually for any tears, rips or holes; 2. Check your streams and straps; 3. Check your retro-reflective tape, whistle and light; 4...

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