The Convertible Canopy System allows the OPR to be inflated with the canopy still furled. This allows for easier boarding from either the water or your vessel. Once in the OPR, you can quickly inflate the arch tubes with the separate C02 inflation system and zip close the Bimini top cover for protection.
The wide, sturdy steps and stiffened rung ladders allow you to easily climb over the twin tubes from any side, even wearing a life jacket. Whether the canopy is furled, or the arch tubes are up, you can get multiple people into the raft, fast.
The OPR provides all the performance and quality of SWITLIK’s other offshore rafts in half the weight. The OPR is vacuum sealed with an air charge inside either a soft valise or hard fiberglass container. Both options are compact enough to be carried aboard a boat of any size and handled by any passenger.
Serious thought went into every detail and component of the OPR’s design. From the soothing blue interior and ventilated canopy that help to prevent sea sickness and increase visibility, to the reflective components and stabilizing features, the OPR was designed with your comfort and safety in mind.
SWITLIK’s OPR is designed to be a high quality, light weight, modern version of the offshore life raft, with a convertible canopy system, Toroidal Stability Device and heat sealed construction. The OPR provides 1,350 lbs. of inflated buoyancy and 24 sq. ft. of floor area and offers excellent ventilation as well as total protection from the elements.
Boarding a life raft from a boat or the water can be difficult. That is why the OPR is built with four (4) boarding stations. Each boarding ladder has a wide, stiff step to make it easier to climb over twin tubes.
The SWITLIK signature convertible canopy feature also allows passengers from any generation to quickly get off your vessel and safely into the raft. Multiple entry points reduce the need for anyone to get in the water.
Unlike any other raft on the market, the OPR’s soft valise and hard container options each have a first of its kind 5 year service interval. This extended service interval helps to reduce the overall cost of life raft ownership. SWITLIK accomplished this in a responsible manner through the combined use of our patented and military proven hermetically sealed packaging system and compressed air inflation. This better protects the raft’s materials and provides excellent cold weather inflation performance versus traditional CO2 inflation systems.
With SWITLIK’s air charge inflation system, there is now a visible “go/no go” pressure gauge that lets you know your raft is ready to deploy. Time sensitive survival equipment is packed in an external pocket allowing for updating without the cost of servicing the actual life raft.
The OPR comes standard with four high-capacity rapidly deploying weight
ballast bags. The water pockets provide weight to the raft to keep it stable during entry and exit. The OPR is also upgradable to the full wrap around Torodial Stability Device (TSD). The SWITLIK TSD provides superior stability and has been proven by the USCG, the RAAF as well as other SAR Organizations worldwide, to be the best option for keeping a raft stable and upright during all conditions including the helicopter rescue.
Your life raft was designed to inflate right-side up. However, wind and waves may cause it to inflate upside down. If this happens, the boarding ladder can be reversed to help you easily right the raft. Climbing the ladder nearest to the inflation cylinder you can use the righting strap to help pull yourself up, and flip the raft over.
A serious cause of seasickness is the bright orange light which filters through the orange canopy fabric of other rafts. The soothing opaque blue coating that lines SWITLIK’s raft canopies prevents sunlight from passing through the canopy, so there is no flickering of light. The convertible canopy also provides four openings to allow for ventilation, and 360° of visibility.
High visibility raft canopy fabric and strategically located reflective patches improve the visibility of the life raft during rescue. The OPR has an exterior light that is activated upon raft deployment, as well as SOLAS-grade reflective tape and patches located all around the raft.
|Fiberglass Hard Case:|
|Weight1:||72 lb. (32.7 kg.)|
|Dimensions2:||31-1/2” (L) x 21-1/2” (W) x 13” (H)|
|Material||Hand Laid Fiberglass|
|Aluminum Cradle Material||AL 6463 T55|
|Soft Valise Case:|
|Weight1:||49 lb. (22.7 kg.)|
|Dimensions2:||24” (L) x 14” (W) x 12”(H)|
|Buoyancy in Fresh Water:||1324 lb. (600.6 kg.)|
|Buoyancy in Salt Water:||1358 lb. (616 kg.)|
|Inflated Raft Dimensions:||83.98" Width at flats (90.89" at corners)|
|Floor Area (Total):||24 sq. ft. (2.23 sq. m)|
|Operating Temperature Range:||-22°F to +160°F|
|Buoyancy tube fabric:||Polyurethane Coated Nylon|
1Weight may vary depending upon options.
2Optional Cradle will extend the overall installed height and width dimensions of the Hard Container by approximately two inches.
**Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Auto Deploying Sea Anchor
Manual Inflation Pump
Repair Clamps (2 ea.)
Waterproof Solar Powered Flashlight
USCG Approved Hydrostatic Release
Toroidal Stability Device
There is no one universal method of rating raft capacities (see here). In fact, there are several different methods and governmental agencies worldwide that rate the capacity of a life raft based on the following criteria: usable floor area, inflated buoyancy, size of an average individual, and their concept of how long someone might be in the raft before rescue, not to mention how you find yourself to be there, i.e. from a sinking vessel or a ditched aircraft.
As a result, SWITLIK takes the position that a life raft's capacity is truly defined by its total size in floor area and inflated buoyancy. How many "people" that translates into depends upon your usage and interpretation of the above criteria. A raft that might safely support 6 or 8 people in an emergency for 24 hours will seem a lot smaller for a transoceanic passage where rescue might be weeks in coming.