Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I contact you?
  2. I want to be legal for commercial fishing. What do I need?
  3. Should I cut the plastic bands on my new liferaft container?
  4. How do I inflate my life raft?
  5. Do I need a USCG-approved life raft?

Answers…

  1. How can I contact you?

    Click on the Contact Us link in the Customer Service menu.

  2. I want to be legal for commercial fishing. What do I need?

    You've come to the right place. We specialize in outfitting boats to meet USCG safety gear requirements for commercial fishing. Many variables will determine the exact equipment you need, so we encourage you to contact us for a customized solution. 

  3. Should I cut the plastic bands on my new liferaft container?

    No! The bands that you see wrapped around the liferaft are there to keep the container closed tightly and are designed to break off during inflation. You should either see a label that says "Do Not Cut" or a graphic of scissors behind an 'X' indicating not to cut the straps. 

  4. How do I inflate my life raft?

    All of the liferafts we sell at SurvivalAtSea.com are self-inflating with the simple pull of an activation cord called a "painter line." Regardless of the exact brand or model, most liferafts operate by pulling on the painter line until the raft bursts from its container or valise. Removing the raft from its container or valise before inflating is unnecessary and could prevent it from deploying correctly. 

  5. Do I need a USCG-approved life raft?

    You only need to carry a USCG-approved liferaft onboard your vessel if you are engaged in certain commercial activities, such as commercial fishing or accepting passengers for hire. If you are not operating a commercial vessel, an ISO-approved or recreational liferaft might be a better choice. 

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