The latest addition to the performance Ocean UltraLite range of ISO 9650 liferafts is the even lighter valise version. The capacity of the raft ranges from 6 to 12 persons, allowing one liferaft for a complete crew, or alternatively two smaller valise packed rafts stowed either side.
With a weight saving of more than a kilo over the equivalent carbon canister version, the valise packed Ocean UltraLite will undoubtedly prove popular with race crews and customers where weight is critical.
Using state of the art sailmaking technology, the valise laminate fabric is strong, durable and flexible. It is manufactured in Kevlar and Technora (an aramid which is used in a variety of applications which require a high degree of strength) sandwiched in a Mylar film, with outer facings of polyester film providing UV resistance and a barrier against any water ingress. The liferaft itself features a light weight carbon fibre gas cylinder, which is wrapped in an aluminium liner with a thin layer of outer grp for added protection. The raft meets current ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, and by adding a grab bag can meet the requirements for MCA Code of Practice or Class XII Regulations.
The water ballasting even exceeds the standards laid down by ISO and the range of Ocean UltraLite liferafts have been third party accredited by the RYA to ISO 9650 Type 1 Group A.