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.
Secure the raft with a slip hook to the hydrostatic release unit, and secure the painter with a weak link to a strong point.
If the vessel sinks, within 4 meters (13 feet) the water pressure will activate the release unit and the life raft will float free.
The painter will be stretched, activating the CO2 bottle, and the life raft will start to inflate.
The weak link breaks and sets the raft free.
The raft is then ready for boarding.