LiFortier26 wrote:Prays to these guys and for their return. I know we have reports of the vessel not being seaworthy, but I have to say that she is/was a fine looking vessel.
Regarding the liferaft mounting. I've always wondered about the effectiveness of a life raft release when mounted in a location where it can get hung up. I've seen sportfish boats with rafts mounted in the hardtop below the tuna tower.
When I bought my raft I bought the valise because I always wondered what would happen if it's mounted on the hardtop, fires off, but gets caught on antennas or outriggers. I figured with a valise I can keep it close by and if the sh1t hits the fan, grab it and deploy. Guys what are your thoughts on this ?
I believe in cold water uscg requires hydrostatic release on the raft to assure deployment should it not be manually deployed. One thing u have to consider regarding valise is what will the other crew be doing during emergency. Most likely most will be engaged in damage control. Depending on crew size all may be needed to attempt to save boat and keep crew out of the drink. Lastly if boat goes under quick deployment of valise is not probable. I’d play odds on hydrostat. Best case u pop the release and board while boat is still afloat. At least u have chance of getting in raft should u ditch pre deployment