I freely admit that the above title has a strong clickbate component.
In reality, unless my name were Steve Callahan, claiming to have definitive wisdom would be silly, given that, like most cruisers, I have no firsthand experience of actually using a liferaft.
That said, I have thought about, researched, and owned liferafts for some 40 years and so learned some things that will be useful as you think about this stuff and reach your own conclusions.
And, at the end of the article, I will share the liferafts Phyllis and I would buy today for various usage scenarios.
Let's do it:
Phyllis and I, as I have already shared, came, over the years, to believe that a liferaft would be very little use to us in a survival storm, but that's not the right choice for everyone.
And, anyway, the highest-quality option is a good place to start any acquisition process, even if we buy at a lower quality and price point in the end, so let's start with that: