Reprint from Latitutes & Attitudes
Captain Richard Switlik
What do I do if I need it?
Now that you've installed your raft, how do you launch it when needed? Unfortunately, there is no method or sequence that is appropriate for all circumstances. Remember the lawyer’s saying, "Circumstances alter cases." The amount of time you have is the main thing to consider. Fire, the raft's location, how fast water is coming in, number and condition of crew, and wind and sea conditions all may alter your actions.
You should follow these basic steps, however, for virtually all situations: