Regular inspection ensures your life raft will perform as it is designed. While servicing is typically looked at as an expense, regular servicing will increase the life expectancy and your confidence in having proper equipment on board. Service costs are not created equal so when you’re shopping for a life raft, ask about expected service costs and intervals, which vary greatly between manufacturers. Today, the most common service interval is every 3 years although some manufacturers require an annual inspection. SWITLIK life rafts, however, offer an industry-leading 5-year service interval.
As a manufacturer, we strongly encourage regular servicing, on the yearly standard established by your raft’s manufacturer. Pushing your raft past its service interval is risking the chance the raft won’t deploy properly in an emergency and will only increase the cost of servicing. Just like regular maintenance on your car will extend the lifetime of the car, so will regular servicing.