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

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.

When you’re traveling beyond the horizon, you want the toughest safety equipment possible. Trust what the military uses.

Military Grade for Recreational Use
Toroidal Stability Device
The SAR-6 transoceanic life raft is the recreational mariner’s life raft, evolving from the Search and Rescue Life Raft tested by the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Australian Air Force for life raft stabilization. The Toroidal Stability Device, included on the SAR-6, was put to the test against the industry standard rectangular, Icelandic and hemispherical ballast systems. The heavy weather condition tests tried, unsuccessfully, to capsize with the down-wash from rescue helicopters. The SWITLIK unique, Toroidal Stability Device, features a complete wrap-around ballasting covering the entire perimeter of the underside of the raft with multiple, weighted, water-holding chambers, keeping you afloat and centered during a rescue.

SAR-6 transoceanic raft.jpgConstruction and Design The rugged SAR-6 is constructed of Heavy-Duty Nylon-HD coated on both sides with abrasion resistant urethane. Each buoyancy chamber is heat-sealed at all junctures to create the strongest possible bond. The boat shape provides extra leg room without affecting total buoyancy; the SAR-6 offers 1,600 pounds of buoyancy in salt water.

Protection against hypothermia
Convertible Canopy for Easy Boarding and Exit
One of the first problems you may encounter after inflation of your raft is simply getting into it. In rough sea conditions with the vessel rolling side to side and the raft bobbing up and down, the canopy entrance looks very small. Survivors are reluctant to jump onto the canopy or into the raft entrance for fear of tearing the canopy or injuring themselves. Climbing down into the raft from the side of your vessel may be impossible due to the violent motion. The only alternative: jump into the water first and then climb into the raft. This should be avoided because it greatly increases the risk of hypothermia once you’re in the raft.

The SAR-6 inflates with the top of the canopy system furled, allowing for easy boarding. The canopy arches fire on their own gas charge and are isolated from the main air-holding buoyancy chambers of the raft. This design offers increased safety as any compromise in the arch tubes would not impact the raft’s ability to stay afloat. If being rescued by a helicopter, the canopy is able to be lowered, allowing the occupants to be lifted directly, without having to jump into the water.

Inflatable Floor
Shock is an important concern when people are forced to abandon ship. Even in temperate zones, raft occupants must do everything possible to insulate themselves from the cold water outside the life raft and separate themselves from any water that may be in the raft. “Double Floors” are a second layer of fabric attached to the bottom of the raft, standard in the SAR-6. When inflated, they do provide some additional insulation. Unique on the SAR-6 is the optional drop-stitch floor. “Drop-stitch” material is two layers of fabric joined together with tens of thousands of equal length threads. When inflated in a life raft, it becomes a uniformly 3-inch-thick air mattress. The optional drop-stitch floor provides substantially better insulation than a double-floor.

The SAR-6 is currently in use with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The various military iterations of the SAR-6, such as the SAR-8, are in use by several search and rescue organizations, most prominently the Royal Australian Air Force.

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