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 (Safety of Life at Sea) or ORC (Ocean Racing Conference).
Here are some key features to look for in selecting a life raft:
The life raft should be equipped with water ballast pockets.
When the raft is deployed, these pockets will fill with water and reduce the risk of capsizing.
Make sure that the floor is inflatable or at least double layered.
Double and inflatable floors provide additional thermal protection, and reduce the risk of hypothermia.
The buoyancy chambers should have two separate buoyancy compartments.
If one buoyancy compartment is punctured or torn, the other compartment can support the full weight of the number of people the raft was designed for.