Have you ever had to open an emergency raft at sea? Drop it from a sailboat into the water? At night? What’s more, during a strong storm? To be able to climb on it and be able to cut the line and have to wait for help, alone in the middle of the sea?
Would you feel ready to face ship abandonment in adverse marine weather conditions? Do you keep fit or not? Fortunately it never happened to me, but I did some survival courses with the life raft and I must say that it is not so immediate to straighten the raft if it opens upside down.