Since its introduction at the boat shows this winter, a rubber life raft that completely inflates itself within 30 seconds has captured the imagination of U.S. yachtsmen. A commercial version of the self-inflating rafts of World War II, the 10-passenger model (there's a six-man raft, too) folds into a carrying case three feet long. It weighs 130 pounds when packed with equipment, can be inflated by a tug on a lanyard and afloat has a bright, easily sighted yellow canopy that doubles as protection against all weathers. U.S. Rubber, the manufacturer, is doling out distributorships carefully, insisting upon factory-trained technicians to repack the rafts and check them periodically. The sizes sell for $655 and $705 and offer the kind of disaster protection yachtsmen have sought for years.
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July 20, 1959
Sporting and vacation events, mid-July through September
- By Tex Maule
Scoring at the meet (5,3,2,1) helps the weaker team, since the entrant finishing fourth and last is automatically credited with a possibly undeserved point. But this will not prevent victory for either our men or the Russian women. Here, says Tex Maule, is the probable order of finish in each of the 32 events
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A rubber life raft pumps new safety into oldtime yachting