SORRY TO SAY
Originally Posted by Auzzee
Despite your contrary assertion, the USCG says the boat's EPIRB was not activated. The hull which was spotted by the commercial vessel had no keel, suggesting as I speculated in my original post, that there must have been a major catastrophe.
This is further evidenced by the fact that two satellite beacons were activated. These beacons were personal beacons which activate when the wearer is suddenly immersed, as would happen in the event of a sudden capsize and which could have prevented crew from activating the ship's EPIRB. No event will cause a sudden capsize in a flat bottomed boat such as the Benny 40, quite so quickly as the loss of the keel.
Ocean racing yachts require that a liferaft be capable of holding all crew. A 40' Cat1 certified boat could require 12 crew at an event such as Antigua week (as you can see from the attached photo). The four man crew taking the boat back were not racing crew, but a dedicated delivery crew. A Cat1 boat requires the raft to be stowed on the working deck or cockpit and must take less than 15 seconds for deployment. They must be buoyant even when still in their valise. Many will float free of the deck during a capsize and require only a tug on an attached lanyard to inflate.
designed to overcome the effects of wind driven drift. What you assumed to be the keel, is in fact the rudder. (The rudder is at the stern, the keel, toward the centre).
Water pockets are not drogues they are stability chambers to prevent a capsize..
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Designed with a double insulated floor for thermal protection, the bottom and tubes of the liferaft are constructed in a high visibility dayglo yellow material for ease of identification should the liferaft capsize and the new high capacity 75L ballast bags ensure that the liferaft has the highest stability factor compared to any other make or model of liferaft.
Standard ISO Emergency Equipment Pack:
1 x Rescue Quoit & 30m Line
2 x Paddles
1 x Bailer
2 x Sponges
1 x Pump
1 x Repair Kit
1 x Sea Anchor & Line
1 x Whistle
2 x Waterproof Torch
1 x Signalling Mirror (Heliograph)
1 x Survival Instructions & Signal Card
1 x Floating Liferaft Safety Knife
6 x Anti Sea Sickness Tablets per Person
500ml x Water Per Person
4 x 75L Water Ballast Pockets
3 x Red Hand Flares
2 x Red Parachute Rockets
1 x Internal Lighting System
Retro-Reflective Tapes on Canopy
Rainwater Catching System on Canopy
Double Inflatable Insulated Floor
1 x Signalling Mirror
1 x Pack Sea Sickness Bags.
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SO 9650-1 certified, ISAF approved and third party verified.New flourescent yellow canopy enhances visibility from a distance.New viewing port for cross ventilation and view of the horizon.Oversized entrance with inflatable boarding ramp and ladder provides easy and safe evacuation from the water and gives direct access from boat and helicopter for evacuation from within.Easy slide zippers offer the ability to increase freeboard. Four separate air chambers.Sea anchor, rescue quoit, buoyant knife.nternal and external lifelines, righting strap. Four 60 ltr. quick filling, weighted ballast bags offer stability.Fitted with SOLAS grade high-visibility retro-reflective tape.Mounted with SOLAS/USCG exterior strobe light and interior light. Insulated floor provides additional thermal protection. Fitted with ISO pack II equipment pack.
Ballast bags keep the liferaft stable, Preventing capsize.
The large sea anchor provides prevents drifting, making it easier for search and rescue to locate the liferaft