Depending on the size of your boat and the number of people who will be aboard, for most leisure vessels, a standard Life raft will suffice. These are suitable for coastal and short offshore recreational boating and non-coded craft. Life rafts are classed as either 4, 6 or 8 person and so on for larger vessels. Life rafts are packed in either a valise – this type is normally stowed below deck or in a suitable locker or in a canister which are normally stowed in a cradle on deck. A Liferaft must always be accessible and ready for use.
Life rafts come with safety packs – they are classed as less than 24 hours . Life rafts normally come with flares – the class of raft will depend on the number and type of flares supplied.