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Crossing the ocean? Don’t forget your SAR-6

by Danielle Connelly on 05. Oct, 2017 in Life Rafts

When designing a life raft, decisions are made about the relative emphasis placed on each of the features that may affect occupant survivability. If that emphasis is misplaced, a raft’s design may not be as “safe” as another. For example, a poorly designed canopy entrance may lessen survivability more than an enhanced stability system increases it.  When you are hundreds of miles away from rescue and your most likely salvation is a container ship, you want the emphasis to be placed on every part of the raft. The SAR-6 is built from the bottom-up to keep you safe and give you peace of mind in any sea conditions.

Couple lauds a life-saver

by Danielle Connelly on 20. Jul, 2017 in Life Rafts

*Reprint from The Times--Tuesday, October 17, 1989
Christiane Biamonte

Life Raft stayed afloat for 66 days

HAMILTON -- A Florida couple yesterday told employees of the Switlik Parachute Co. they have a right to be proud of their work. It was a Switlik life raft that supported Miami residents William and Simone Butler for 66 days after their sailboat sank in the Pacific on June 15. They were 30 miles off the coast of Costa Rica when they were rescued by a ship.

Safe boating tips for a fun Fourth on the water

by Switlik on 30. Jun, 2017 in Marine, Life Rafts, safety

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is urging all boaters to use extra caution while boating during the upcoming July 4th holiday.

Life Rafts 101: A Buyers Guide for Responsible Offshore Anglers

by Ryan Taffet on 02. May, 2017 in Marine, Life Rafts

Looking beyond the “box” and “bag”

As much as it pains me to do so, I will admit that when shopping for a life raft, to the untrained eye they all essentially look the same. When looking at life rafts you will typically find a quality/performance/features versus price “value matrix”. Simply put, you get what you pay for.

Life Raft Inflation: Air vs. CO2

by S Switlik on 23. Jan, 2015 in Marine, Life Rafts, safety

What things do people consider when picking a life raft? The list typically includes capacity, service interval, equipment, etc. One item that hasn’t been on the list—but should be—is the inflation system. CO2 has historically been the only inflation system option for marine life rafts…until now.  Now consumers have the option to choose between a raft inflated with Air or CO2.

What’s the advantage of using Air instead of CO2? There’s several. First and foremost is that air isn’t affected by temperature.  When you compress CO2 into a cylinder, the pressure changes based on temperature. This can affect the speed of inflation—at low temperatures, the gas compresses (which lowers the pressure), and your life raft will inflate slowly. In some cases the CO2 will even solidify into dry ice which slows inflation even more. Air, on the other hand, is not affected by temperature. Your raft will inflate with greater speed than CO2, regardless of the temperature. 

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