When abandoning their boat - something which is your last resort! - many people go to deploy their life rafts, only to find that they pull and pull and pull at their painter (the operating chord) and their life raft doesn't inflate.

This is bad news! And means that people often jump over the side when they don't need to!

The worse news is that the life raft was probably perfectly serviceable, but they just didn't pull the painter for long enough - they are sometimes very, very long - watch this quick Boatshed Brighton video demonstration to see exactly what they may look like and be confident that you know what to do...

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