Choosing the Right Life Raft Two key questions come into play when choosing a life raft: What kind of boat do you have, and where are you going? Choosing the Right Life Raft Switlik’s Rescue Pod is as basic as a life raft gets, intended only to keep survivors out of the water and protected from weather when rescue is imminent. Choosing the Right Life Raft Revere’s Coastal Compact comes in three sizes for two to six people with an optional canopy to protect from sun and spray but little else. Choosing the Right Life Raft Most life rafts may inflate upside down and need to be righted. The unique canopy shape of Viking’s RescYou Pro rolls the raft upright no matter how it inflates. Choosing the Right Life Raft To head off potential problems between inspections, experts suggest storing rafts inside during winter layup and finding a mounting location where it won't be baked by direct summer sun. View the discussion thread.