Military Grade.

The SAR-6 MKII is the marine version of the air-droppable life raft (Model LRU-20) we design for the United States coast guard's helicopters and fixed wing aircraft along with the Royal Australian Air Force.


Quality materials,
Superior Construction.

We build the SAR-6 MKII using 16-oz./sq.yd. Nylon fabric coated inside and out with puncture and abrasion  resistant Urethane. It is constructed with the same pride and to the same high quality control standards as all Switlik life-saving equipment.


Convertible Canopy.
Jump In.

When inflated, the canopy remains furled making it very safe and simple to get in. Once inside the raft the canopy and the side doors can be closed by the waterproof zippers, keeping the elements out while maintaining proper ventilation.


Hand laid fiberglass case.

Mount it to the deck or store it in a easy to access compartment for quick deployment. Either pack method will provide years of protection ensuring your raft will work in a time of need.


Twin independent

buoyancy tubessar6-tubes-2

The high freeboard keeps the water out while the independent chambers provide redundancy in case of a tube failure. Heavy Duty (840 denier) Nylon Buoyancy Tubes Coated on Both Sides with Abrasion Resistant Urethane featuring Over-Lapped Seams Taped Inside and Out.

Patented T.S.D.

Toroidal Stability Device

sar 6 tsdChosen by the USCG and Royal Australian Air Force after extensive comparative testing in the industry as the best design for stabilizing a life raft. This testing included, limited occupants, overloading and extraction which brings heavy down wash from the helicopter.

Fully adjustable

Convertible CanopySAR 6 canopy-down

Auto erecting arches with a furled canopy provide an open platform making it simple to just jump in. The High Visibility Fluorescent Orange Canopy with Opaque Blue Inner Coating provides a perfect combination of visibility and a calming vertigo.

5 Year Service Interval.

5-year-Service-iconUnlike any other raft on the market, the SAR-6 has 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.

Technical Specifications

Fiberglass Hard Case:  
Weight1: 121 lb. (55 kg.)
Dimensions2: 36-1/2” (L) x 24” (W) x 13” (H)
Material Hand Laid Fiberglass
Aluminum Cradle Material AL 6463 T55
Life Raft:  
Buoyancy in Fresh Water: 1,500lbs. (680.3kg.)
Buoyancy in Salt Water: 1,540lbs. (698.5kg.)
Inflated Raft Dimensions: 99" (L) x 69" (W) x 48.5" (H)
Floor Area (Total): 24.5 sq. ft. (2.3 sq. m)
Operating Temperature Range: -22°F to +160°F (-30°C and +66°C)
Inflation system: Air
Buoyancy tube fabric: 840 Denier Double 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.


1 Weight may vary depending upon options.
2 Optional 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.



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 rescuenot 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.


Standard Equipment


Raft Equipment

Survival Equipment

Signaling Equipment

  • Raft Repair Clamp Kit (1sm 1 med. & 1 lg.) 3ea.
  • Survival Manual 1ea.
  • USCG Approved/ SOLAS Parachute Flares (2)
  • Hand Inflation Pump with 5" Extension 1ea. 
  • Immediate Action Placard Hanging from Arch Tube 1ea.
  • USCG Approved/SOLAS Hand-Held Flares (3)
  • Pressure Relief Valve Plugs 6ea.
  • USCG Approved folding Utility Knife 1ea.
  • USCG Approved Signal Mirror (1)
  • Spare Military Specification Sea Anchor (with 50' Rode) 1ea.
  • USCG Approved First Aid Kit 1ea.
  • USCG Approved Flash Light (1)
  • Bailing Bucket 1ea.
  • USCG Approved Fishing Kit 1ea.
  • Spare Batteries (2)
  • Sponges 2ea.
  • USCG Approved Food Rations 60,000kJ.
  • Spare Bulb (1)
  • Paddles 2ea.
  • USCG Approved Drinking Water 66oz.
  • Dye Marker (Military Specification /Mil-S-17980) (1)
  • Water Proof Equipment Bag (Large) 1ea.
  • Water Bag 3ea.
  • Whistle (1)
  • Equipment Bag (Small) 1ea.
  • Drinking Cup 1ea.
  • Compass (Lensatic, Liquid Filled-#468) 1ea.
  • Sea Sickness Tablets 36ea.
  • SPF 25 Waterproof Sun Screen 4oz.
  • Can Opener 1ea



Optional Equipment

  • Marine Grade (6463-T55) Anodized Aluminum Deck Mounting
    Cradle for Hard Container
  • USCG Approved Hydrostatic Release
  • Independent "Drop-Stitch" Inflatable Floor
  • Independent Heat Sealed Inflatable Floor
  • SWITLIK Abandon Ship Outlet Bag
  • Recovery Engineering "06" Water Maker

    1 Weight may vary depending upon options.
    2 Optional Cradle will extend the overall installed height and width dimensions of the Hard Container by approximately two inches.
    3 Weight includes Cradle, Hydrostatic Release, and Inflatable Floor.
    4 Weight includes Inflatable Floor.
    5Soft Valise dimensions may vary from those indicated depending upon options.
    6 Abandon Ship Bag Weight and Dimensions Include Additional Equipment Required by ISO 9650, Part 1, Equipment Pack 1 (>24 hours).
    Specifications are subject to change without notice.



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