At Sea — March 2001
By Capt. Bill Pike
The Ultimate Glitch
|Part 2: The answers we got were not entirely comforting.|
The answers we got
were not entirely comforting. To begin with, the instructor explained
that the raft he’d unsuccessfully tried to inflate had goofed up
because of a fouled triggering mechanism, a problem commonly associated
with improperly maintained and serviced rafts—a group our dud obviously
belonged to. Then he tossed in an even gloomier bit of information: Such
a malfunction in the real world would have almost guaranteed incredible
inconvenience, if not downright catastrophe. Why? Because the only second
chance proffered by a failed raft, whether properly maintained and serviced
or not, is the manual pump in its standard equipment bag.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.