rafts are often an afterthought to many of us doing offshore races, but
really should be of high importance, especially to owners and boat captains
putting together their programs. Here is some info that may be of great
Raft & Survival Equipment has specialized in the safety business
for 25 years. Jim O’Connor founded the company and is President of the
company today. Jim is also the past President of the US Marine Safety
Association (USMSA) from 2003-2005. The organization, which is the preeminent
safety industry organization in the world, is based in Farmingdale, NY.
Jim’s son Dan, who is the service manager at Life Raft & Survival
Equipment, is on the Board of Directors of that organization now.
addition, LRSE staff members are the foremost experts in marine safety
outfitting. These factory-trained and certified service technicians staff
LRSE’s U.S. Coast Guard approved servicing facility, one of the largest
in the country.
Life Raft & Survival Equipment has a thousand safety products on their
web site (lrse.com). They sell 15 brands of Life Rafts and service
25 in one of the largest service facilities in the US. They also sell
and service Avon and Zodiac Inflatables.