The POD-8 is constructed of an extra-large diameter tube providing over 200 pounds of buoyancy per person with inner sleeves providing complete redundancy in the event of a puncture. Most single tube life rafts have two separate air chambers with internal airtight bulkheads, where a puncture or leak in either chamber will result in the loss of half the raft's floor area. The SWITLIK POD-8 has two separate chambers using internal sleeves that perform like the inner tube of a car tire that can be manually inflated if a puncture occurs, in order to retain the buoyancy of the tube.
As the key component to our best-in-class stability, the Toroidal Stability Device (TSD) features complete wrap-around ballasting covering the entire perimeter of the underside of the raft with multiple weighted, water-holding chamber. The TSD makes this raft nearly impossible to overturn in even some of the most severe sea conditions.
|Buoyancy Tube Diameter:||14.75"|
|Inflated Raft Dimensions:||95" flat to flat, 103" corner to corner|
|Floor Area (total):||24.8 sq. ft.|
|Floor Area (per person):||3.1 sq. ft. per person|
|Buoyancy in Salt Water:||1,687 lbs.|
|Operating Pressure:||2 p.s.i.|
|Operating Temperature Range:||-40 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Inflation System:||air - 2 each 125 cu in each|
|Buoyancy Tube Fabric:||210 Denier Nylon, Polyurethane Double Coated Fabric|
|Weight in Valise||55 lbs.|
|Valise Dimensions||33" L x 20" W x 11" H|