UK life-saving appliance manufacturer Seago has launched a new version of its Cruiser Plus life raft for leisure boats and uncoded vessels, updated to comply with the new ISO 9650-2 standard. The Cruiser Plus comes packaged in either a fibreglass canister or a durable valise bag, and is available in four different sizes, to accommodate up to four, six, eight and 10 persons.
Rather than utilising a ladder, Seago opted to design a boarding ramp for the new Cruiser Plus, which, the company says, will make it easier to board the life raft. The product features twin butyl rubber chambers for enhanced buoyancy, plus four 55litre-capacity water ballast pockets for additional stability. Seago explains: “The rubber chambers are independent of each other: if one was to puncture, the ratt will still float with the full capacity of people on board.” The life ratt also features a thermo-insulated floor, to retain heat for its survivor occupants, as well as a rainwater collection system.
The life raft’s high-vis canopy is fashioned from waterproof, rip-stop nylon. The Cruiser Plus is also equipped with an internal LED light and a flashing external LED light, to befter illuminate casualties in the water.
An emergency pack is stowed inside, containing two parachute rockets, three red hand flares, a hand pump, a waterproof torch and batteries, oars, a drogue and anti-seasickness tablets, among other items. The life raft comes with an 18-year warranty.