Life raft inflation survival at sea

Survival at Sea

It pays to get your life raft serviced!

After purchasing a pre-loved game boat, we discovered the life raft had not been serviced for 8 years.

For maximum safety we opted to purchase a new one as it was only slightly more expensive than having the old one serviced.

RFD Coastal Life Raft


Mood Swings Black Watch 40

'Mood Swings' our Black Watch 40 game boat

Out of interest we took the opportunity to inflate the old life raft to check out the survival at sea contents and discover why life raft services are so expensive.

In doing so the raft popped, one of the pontoons deflated and the sun/rain cover never inflated at all. Not so good!

While survival at sea is no laughing matter, we took a light-hearted look at the (8 year old) contents, so please have a laugh along with us in the video below.

While we are on the subject of safety, here are a few of our previous posts that may be of interest to you;



Only a few more days to go before we welcome in another New Year.

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Now Mood Swings is not a charter vessel, but we will be inviting lucky members of our community and our fish smarter students to come aboard and hang out with Ryan as we film some of our course material and blog posts!

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Ryan Moody

    Reply Reply January 9, 2017

    Hi Troy yes the noise on the video is the excess air escaping, good pick up. Closer examination after 20 mins or so revealed the top pontoon deflating so there was a split or tear or hole in there somewhere. Thanks for your insights and sorry about the wooden spoon haha

  • Troy Collis

    Reply Reply December 30, 2016

    Hi Ryan,

    I suspect the noise after inflation may have been the excess air from the bottle escaping out the PV valves as in most cases the bottle has 25-50% excess air capacity for the raft.

    The bags are for gathering up extra water in rain or sick bag for persons that can’t make it outside the raft in cases when it’s fully loaded. Cleaning up vomit in a life raft wouldn’t be much fun. One could only hope for excess fish fillets in a survival situation.

    Wooden spoon – no comment.

    Whistle – Queenslands most valuable asset for the past 12 years, except game 3 last year when they knew you already had the series….. ????


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