Leisure liferaft inspection
Safe on the water, so you only have to enjoy yourself: we provide periodic inspection of life rafts for your yacht or sailboat.
Life raft inspection on your pleasure craft
Your life raft is perhaps the most important life-saving device on board. After all, unlike life jackets, a raft keeps you out of the water, greatly reducing the risk of hypothermia. It is designed, tested and approved to ensure your safety when you need to leave your vessel. You must have peace of mind that the raft will work flawlessly and that you will know what to do in the event of an emergency. The only way to guarantee that is to have your life raft inspected periodically at an authorized service station, such as Jacobs LifeSaving.
Our service station is certified and inspected annually by the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate. We will inspect your life raft and, if necessary, replace the accompanying aids and equipment. You can contact us for all brands and types of life rafts with the exception of: RFD Pro Iso, Arimar Seaworld, Standard & Atlantic. We have many years of experience as a supplier of, and service station for, life rafts in pleasure and commercial shipping. Thanks to our expert staff you can get back on the water carefree and safe after your inspection.
For the inspection of life rafts for pleasure craft we have a basic inspection fee of €199.65. For this amount we check the operation of your raft and list which parts of the raft or equipment need to be replaced. For example, it is very common that your emergency kit needs to be replaced. We always give you a clear quote for the extra costs for materials and labor to bring your raft back up to standard. This means you will not be faced with any expensive surprises, but always know where you stand. Once we have completed the inspection, you can pick up the raft again, including the inspection certificate.
In the months of September through November you can attend the opening and inspection of your life raft by appointment. While enjoying a cup of coffee you will receive some explanation about the operation of your life raft. This has the advantage that you know what you have on board and how to use the life raft in case of emergency. If you have your raft inspected during the winter season, we also offer the possibility of storing it for you. You won’t have to lug the raft around unnecessarily and it won’t be in your way until you need it again.
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The inspection process
After receiving your raft, we perform the first part of the inspection according to the manufacturer’s guidelines at the base price and check what additional actions need to be performed.
We will inform you of any parts of your life raft that need repair or replacement, including a clear quote for materials and any labor.
Once your raft has passed the inspection and has been sealed again, you can come back and pick it up or have it shipped. You will of course also receive an inspection certificate with this.
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Life raft inspection is not an amateurish affair. Jacobs Lifesaving guarantees you professional and qualitative service of your life saving equipment. Service you can count on, carried out by authorized employees.
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A selection of brands we inspect
Plastimo is an iconic brand in pleasure craft and supplies a wide range of safety equipment, including life rafts.
SeaSafe is a British manufacturer of, among other things, high-quality marine life-saving equipment.
Safeguard life rafts are suitable for marine use and are therefore a valuable addition to your pleasure craft.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about getting life rafts inspected for pleasure craft.
How often do I have to have my raft inspected?
For a private individual there are no laws or regulations about how often a life raft should be inspected. Everything is an “advice”. For example, a manufacturer gives a 12- or 16-year warranty if the life raft is inspected every 3 years at a certified service station. The life raft often contains emergency signals, which also expire after 3 years. These must be replaced during the inspection.
How much does an inspection cost?
The standard inspection cost with us is €199.65 incl. VAT. This price is for the inspection/maintenance of the life raft and excludes repairs and replacements. For a more specific price indication please contact us via the request form on this page.
How far in advance do I have to schedule an inspection?
That depends entirely on the season. It is most convenient to have your raft inspected in the winter months, so that you are not without a life raft when you want to get out on the water in good weather. Yet many people don’t think about it until the spring season. Then it is often already too late and there is often a considerable waiting time, which can be up to several weeks. The busiest period is from January to June.
The sooner you bring your life raft to us, the more likely it is that you will have it back on time. For example, you can also choose to bring your life raft in October and pick it up again in April. We then have ample time to carry out the inspection and you do not have to store the raft during the winter.
Where can I drop off my life raft?
You can deliver your life raft personally to our service station in Strijen for an efficient inspection. This ensures that we are in direct contact with you as a customer and that you can pick it up again immediately after the inspection.
The life raft can also be brought to one of our return points throughout the Netherlands. We pick it up there and bring it back after inspection. Please note that this will take longer than if you bring the life raft directly to us.