Quality / Strength / Reliability


Invest in Your Life

When you invest in a Great Circle Life Raft you can be confident you have made an important safety decision. Being properly prepared ensures peace of mind so you can enjoy your boating activity.


What has been learned from real life situations on the oceans of the world is incorporated into every Great Circle life raft. Our rafts are the culmination of hours of research and testing and are engineered to the world’s highest level of quality and reliability – our international certificates and quality assurance systems to ISO 9001 registration attest this.


Strength, reliability and quality are core components of every Great Circle Life Raft. If the worst should happen, in the most demanding of sea conditions, you can be confident that your Great Circle life raft is ready to help save your life.


Invest in Strength

Buoyancy tubes

Double, fail-safe buoyancy tubes and auto-inflatable arch/canopy support system are formed from neoprene/polybutadiene rubber and polyester fabric, an extremely tough yet light fabric that is purpose-made in our factory.

Nylon canopy

Rip-stop nylon canopy is time proven for a long service life and provides a lightweight, waterproof and rugged covering. Even after prolonged storage, nylon fabric is highly resistant to stress fractures on crease lines, often an occurrence on cheaper plastic and polyurethane life raft canopies.



Cellular foam floor with aluminium film reflective top coating   

cell floor system

As well as protection from the wind and sun, our rafts keep you safer and drier in significantly greater comfort. Insulated floors are a standard feature on Great Circle Life Rafts because hypothermia can be a significant factor in survival. The innovative sandwich design offers lighter weight and greater protection compared to older inflatable floor systems.


Emergency Equipment Pack    


equipment package




Emergency equipment carried in Great Circle Life Rafts is the result of careful attention to functionality and reliability. Our equipment packs are light, but all components are premium quality and highly suited to their intended purpose.



Invest in Seaworthiness

Stabilizing water ballast bags

Great Circle’s large capacity ballast bags fill with water within seconds of inflation to increase stability when boarding and reduce the risk of capsize in high winds and large seas.

Boarding System  

Semi-rigid boarding ramp is standard on Great Circle Oceanmaster® Life Rafts. Proven to be the easiest way to board a raft when victims are cold, fatigued and weighted down with foul weather clothing and inflated lifejackets. Great Circle boarding ladders feature rigid treads and high visibility colour with webbing bridle inside to assist entry into raft.


Invest in Design


Extra large entrance allows easier boarding, including the ability to jump directly into the raft. Superior entrance closure(s) feature heavy duty, non-binding, dual zippers with ventilation tie-backs. 10 & 12 person rafts feature two entrances for faster survivor boarding.  

Be seen

High visibility orange colour on underside of hull, canopy and stability bags aids rescuers locating life raft victims even if the raft is inverted. Uni-directional retro/radar reflective segments across the arch are standard features on the canopy to increase the chances of electronic detection.


Invest in Craftsmanship    

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We create our life rafts one-by-one, by hand in one of the world’s largest, most up-to-date, purpose built life raft complexes. Each raft is individually assembled, thoroughly checked, and then put through a rigorous series of tests utilizing the latest technology.


Invest in Reliability

Firing System   

CO² /N² inflation system is fully certified and features premium quality gas cylinder(s) and fast release firing mechanism.

Hermetic Protection   

Every Great Circle Life Raft is hermetically sealed in a rugged plastic envelope for extra protection from the harsh, salty environment. Whether your raft is stowed in a hard fibreglass canister or soft valise case, a long life expectancy and extended servicing intervals are significant benefits of this feature.


Invest in Your Life

No-one ever expects to have to use their life raft but it remains a salutary thought: your raft may one day become your last option and your life and that of your crew may depend on it. A Great Circle Life Raft is front line life insurance; it is also an investment in your life.