If only the Titanic had its ample share of life boats or life rafts, the sea tragedy could have had more survivors. Buying a life raft is a necessity that must be complied and happy are the small aceptan pilots and crew of small cruisers and yachts if the life rafts that they buy remain tucked in their valises or canisters, unused. However, life rafts are necessities that a vessel cannot afford not to have water. Many lives have been saved because anglers, pilots, sailors and boating enthusiasts had the good sense to equip their boats with inflatable life rafts or plans. A one-person life raft is suitable for small boats and plans. The smallest one-person life raft (only Plastimo) weighs less than 10 pounds packaged small enough to fit under a pilot seat s. Small as it seems this life raft contains the basic characteristics of a life raft.
It has a rubberized fabric structure; automatically deploys and inflates; has a canopy as protection from the harsh environment; a sea anchor and water ruegos to prevent drifting and at the same time provide stability in choppy water. It only follows that the bigger the boat, the bigger the survival life boat that it needs. The larger 4 to 6 – person life rafts are essentially the same as their smaller versions but with the addition of boarding ladders, flares and more room for supplies. It is still feasible to opt for an 8-person capacity life raft but since larger life rafts are harder to deploy it is best to just opt for two 4-6 person life rafts. A life bigger than an 8-passenger raft raft will be too heavy to be handled manually by a regular boat crew. The US Coast Guard and the US Sailing and the Offshore Racing Council recommend that the minimum space requirement for a life raft is 4 square feet per person.