Revere’s Life Raft Provides Offshore Security

The Revere Regatta life raft is made for cruisers who plan to head off shore.

Revere Regatta
Revere’s Regatta model life raft can be ordered in four-, six- or eight-person sizes. Pricing starts around $1,899. Courtesy Revere Survival

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Life rafts are mission-specific safety gear. If you’re planning to stick to coastal cruising without ever heading offshore, then you might consider one type of raft instead of another. Ditto for cruisers headed to warmer climates as opposed to colder locations. Owner-operators who always cruise alone may be fine with a smaller raft, compared with a family of four, who would need a larger version.

All of which is why Jacksonville, Florida-based Revere makes a variety of life rafts for these purposes and more, with recreational and commercial versions in various sizes and styles. “We have been around since 1936. We have many different product lines,” says John Tuerk, senior sales manager.

Revere Regatta container
A rigid fiberglass container that inflates in the water can be mounted on the boat’s deck or on a rail year-round, in all elements. Courtesy Revere Survival
Revere Regatta cradle
A cradle like this one attaches to the boat to hold the rigid container. Courtesy Revere Survival
Revere Regatta valise
The raft can be stowed in a portable valise for boaters who are comfortable lifting about 75 pounds. With this option, the raft can be used on multiple boats and stowed indoors when not at sea. Courtesy Revere Survival

The Regatta model shown here is built for offshore cruisers, which is indicated by its ISO 9650 rating. This raft’s features include a dual-tube design with independent air chambers, just in case one chamber deflates; an insulated floor to help the people inside stay warm; and a self-deploying canopy to provide protection from the elements.

Also included are hand flares, parachute flares, a signaling mirror, seasickness pills, a repair kit and other items that might be needed to keep people comfortably afloat until help can arrive. 

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