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Free Fallin’ like Tom Petty

Noreq Free Fall Lifeboat

This little vessel is in a pretty elite class.  It’ll safely drop 19 people 16 meters into the ocean.  Yowza! Pictured is the runt of the litter– big sister can hold 48 people for a fall of 25 meters!  I love the details and styling.

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Life Raft As Leisure Craft?

Photo from a Life Raft Review

Photo from a Life Raft Review

Why isn’t this a picture from the coolest camp ever? (Instead, it’s a photo from a life raft review)  I am tempted forgo the whole sinking boat trauma and just cast off in a life raft in the first place.  Though I’ve never dealt with life rafts in real life, they seem like potentially terrific pleasure boats for lazy river floating or perhaps anchoring out for a night.  Sure, a posh eight person raft will set you back about US$9000, but imagine resting your head on this giant floating pillow in the shade of the deployable canopy.  Maybe you go for a swim and climb back in using the attached ladder.  Grab your camera and a snack from a built-in waterproof pocket.  It seems like the ultimate ultra-light (90lb. boat holds a dozen people) deployable gadgety leisure-craft.

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Death by Boat: What Used to Scare America

Tremberger and Stein Life Boat Model

 This life boat model designed by George Tremberger and Michael Joseph Stein of New York City in 1879 is from the National Museum of American History’s collection of lifeboat and raft patent models, part of their America on the Move website and exhibit.  This particular boat is unique with a telescoping mast and an interior cabin that is separated from the exterior hull and connected with gearing.  With this arrangement, the crew can adjust the angle of the entire interior cabin for the comfort of the passengers.

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