Hydrostatic Release Installation


You just had your life raft serviced, now it is your responsibility to make sure that the hydrostatic release unit (HRU) is properly installed. It is amazing how many times I see or hear of improper installations. Sometimes it is even the Coast Guard inspector giving improper advise.

If you don’t hook the HRU up properly, your life raft WILL NOT function properly!

Most HRU’s sold in the United States are manufactured by C.M. Hammar. They have a slick tool to teach proper HRU installation. It is a movie and I am not sure that all computers will be able to run it but it is worth checking out.

If you have a Switlik life raft in a flat container I have a page that goes through the proper installation.

Still not sure? Call your service facility. What ever you do make sure that everything is properly hooked up, your life depends on it.