are pieces of equipment we hope never to have to use!
liferaft is a RFD 6-man. that should be about enough for two adults and
two kids (who count as four). I wouldn't want to get between either of
our young ones and the ration box.
Brennan & Co Pte Ltd in Singapore very kindly
sponsored us by repacking our liferaft free-of-charge.
PFD 6-man liferaft is stowed on the aft coachroof, where it is easy
to access in an emergency. It is housed in a rigid casing that splits
open when the liferaft inflates. Just tie off the painter and throw
the case in the water, then give a sharp tug on the line. Don't
forget to take a knife to cut the line if the boat goes down fast!
EPIRB is an Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon. It is used in
real emergencies, like when the boat goes down.
operates on 406 MHz and can be picked up by aircraft and satellites.
It is coded so that if an emergency transmission is received, the
code can be looked up to give the boat details. The EPIRB allows
position to be determined, so survivors can be rescued.
unit came with the boat when we bought it. Having it serviced, reprogrammed
to our new UK registration and replacing the battery cost about
as much as a new EPIRB. So if you're buying or selling a boat, having
an EPIRB adds nothing to the value!