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Winslow 46GASTL (4 Person) 33 lbs. Super-Light Island Flyer Vacuum Packed!
My pick for flying the Islands! This vacuum packed liferaft not only provides you with a self-inflating nylon rip-stop canopy, it also comes with a weight most aviators can live with at just 33 lbs!The WINSLOW® Island Flyer™ Life Raft has been rated number one in its class since 1996 by The Aviation Consumer when it was first debuted. The Island Flyer™ shares many of the same critical survival features found in the number one rated WINSLOW® FAA approved life rafts costing considerably more. The oversized buoyancy tube with twin safety air chambers, single arch three position auto inflatable canopy support system with Sure-Seal™ closures on all openings, water activated interior and exterior survivor locator lights, auto deploying conical drogue and Tri-Ballast System™ make the Island Flyer™ identical to the Island Flyer Plus™ . In fact, the only difference in the WINSLOW® Island Flyer™ and Island Flyer Plus™ is the fixed view ports. Both of these life rafts are the most advanced and capable single tube life rafts available, nothing else in its class even comes close. It is ideal for the budget minded person where affordability without jeopardizing survivability is the goal or when space and weight are an issue. For the general aviation pilot, the WINSLOW® Island Flyer™ Life Raft is the perfect answer. The Aviation Consumer noted, "The improved GAST Island Flyer™ remains best in class and our choice for a capable single-tube general aviation raft."
The Island Flyer Light features a self erecting canopy, tri-ballast system and a basic survival equipment package. Measures 9 1/2"h x 14"w x 24"l. 33 lbs.w/VP
• CO2/N2 inflation system
• Oversized buoyancy tube with twin safety air chambers
• Auto inflatable canopy support system
• Three position (closed, sail & convertible) nylon canopy
• Sure-Seat™ closures with TKK zippers
• Three rung boarding ladder
• Tri-Ballast system
• Water collection system
• Interior assist ladder with quick release fittings
• Bowed boarding assist handle
• Water activated survivor locator light
• Quick-Grab™ flashlight
• Auto-deploying sea-anchor with 25’ line
• 75’ floating heaving trailing line
• 35’ painter line
• Unidirectional retro/radar reflective segments
• Pressure relief valve
• Topping valve
Starter survival kit (Exceeds FAR Part 91) includes:
• Backup manual inflation pump
• Repair kit
• Collapsible bailer bucket
• Two sponges
• Signal mirror
• USCG aerial flare
• USCG hand-held flare
• Raft knife
• Survival manual
Vacuum Packed to protect you, and your investment!
- It extends the life of the liferaft by keeping moisture and dirt from entering the packed liferaft.
- It adds a second layer of protection from bumps and bruses.
- It saves you hunderds of dollars by extending your re-pack cycle from 1 year to 3 years.
Know what you are buying
- The inflation lanyard on some liferafts is as long as 50 feet! In other words, you will have to pull about 49 feet of line out before the liferaft inflates.
- If your (inflated) liferaft lanyard snags on a sinking vessel, the lanyard has a break-away of 500 lbs at the connection point on the liferaft and it will come back to the surface. Stay clear, but be ready to grab the liferaft when it surfaces because it will no longer have a tether line. (The inflation lanyard is also the tether line).
- If your liferaft floats free, it can travel away at about twice the speed that you can swim.
- Some liferafts do not come with survival equipment. Do you know what is carried in your liferaft?
- You can request personal items such as prescription medications, prescription glasses, watermakers, EPIRBs, and thermal protection be packed in your liferaft equipment container.
- You can survive aprox. two-three days in a liferaft without fresh drinking water.
- A liferaft without an insulated floor will place you on a surface equal to the temperature of the water you are trying to survive in. Because the water is moving under the liferaft, it will conduct heat away from your body almost as fast as being in the water. It urks me to see liferaft companies selling Caribbean liferafts in the Great Lakes areas. I would advise anyone North of the Gulf of Mexico to have an an inflatable canopy and insulated floor in their liferaft.
- When inflating a liferaft from a vessel, make sure the liferaft is deployed on the down wind side of the vessel. Otherwise it will rub against the vessel and possibly become punctured.
- Did you know that you can sail a Winslow liferaft? Notice the lines hanging below the ballast bags (in the picture). You will need to get into the water to retrieve the lines. By pulling the lines up toward the LR, you can collapse the ballast bags, thus providing a no-drag effect. Notice how the canopy is in the sail position in the picture.This should only be used when land and or shipping lanes are visable. Need to go the other direction? No problem, reverse the canopy.
- If you are rescued by a helicopter, you will have to enter the water to get into a rescue basket. The rotor wash from the helicopter will cause the liferaft to blow around wildly. If you are unable to enter the water, stay put until the rescue swimmer comes to get you. Unfortunately the helicopter will not be able to recover your liferaft.
Next thing you may consider is, who are you buying a liferaft from. As I look around the internet, I see a lot of companies who claim to be the survival experts. But the chances are, if you call them, you will be talking to someone who has never laid eyes on an inflated liferaft. I have walked the walk, and if you look at my "About Us" and "Clients Comments " pages, you will see that I have had several years of experience both in survival knowledge and liferafts. Liferafts are a costly investment, I can guide you to the correct liferaft for your environmental area needs.
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