In 2004 I decided to get my liferaft changed
from its valise to a hard container mounted in such a way as to make
deployment easy. I considered a deck mounting but this has a couple of
disadvantages. The container is relatively heavy and stored on deck, it
requires to be unsecured and lifted to deploy it in an emergency. I
already store my dingy on the deck. Visibility would be obscured.
Mounted in front of the mast it could obstruct free movement of the
As can be seen from the images, the container
has been mounted on the pushpit on the starboard side. In use the
position has not had any detrimental effect on access to the rear cleat
or boarding the yacht via the ladder. I was also lucky in that the stern
light wasn't obscured either.
This view shows that the overall length of the
yacht has not been affected, an important factor if you were to have to
pay for the extra foot. Finally, I made a sailcloth, slip over, cover to
reduce UV degradation of the container.