POD-8

Designed for and used by the United States Coast Guard as their light weight, air droppable 8- person search & rescue liferaft . The POD-8 also fully supports the stowage limitations of US Navy. This inflatable raft is designed for static line air drop applications from helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. With a distinctive and non-reversible octagonal shape the large tube of the liferaft provides a significant amount of additional buoyancy in the event of a puncture.

This 8-person POD-8 air droppable raft:

  • Light weight rescue solution
  • Air droppable
  • 200lb buoyancy per person
  • 8-person raft
  • Highly stable in the most severe seas

Description

Standard Features

  • Toroidal Stability device (TSC)
  • 2 separate chambers to ensure buoyancy in the event of a puncture
  • 2 air holding chambers with internal sleeves
  • Life lines (inner)
  • Lifelines (outer)
  • Reflective patches
  • 4 reinforced boarding ladders
  • Pressure relief values and manual backup hand inflation pump

Standard Equipment

  • Water activated light
  • Sea anchor
  • Mooring line
  • Towing bridle
  • Heaving ring and line
  • Raft use instructions/owners Manual
  • Pressure relief values and manual backup hand inflation pump

Life Raft

  • Buoyancy tube diameter: 10.25 in. (26.03 cm.)
  • Freeboard: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm.)
  • Inflated raft dimensions: 99 in. L x 69 in. W x 48.5 in. H
  • Floor area (Total): 24.5 sq. ft. (2.3 sq. m)
  • Buoyancy in fresh water: 1, 560 lbs. (707 kg.)
  • Buoyancy in salt water: 1,600 lbs. (726 kg.)
  • Cylinder charge pressure: 3,000 p.s.i.
  • Operating temperature range: -22°F to +160°F (-30°C and +66°C)
  • Inflation system: Air
  • Buoyancy tube fabric: 840 Denier Double coated nylon

Switlik Survival Products

 

Case options

Loose raft pack or

Valise pack 

  • Weight: 55lbs
  • Dimensions: 33 in. L x 20 in. W x 11 in. H
  • Material: 1000 denier nylon cordura™
  • Case colour: orange

Optional equipment

Resources & Downloads

POD8 brochure

Service & Support

5 yearly servicing is recommended by the manufacturer.