Have been working on redesigning the 30 inch USCG/SOLAS so that it has the capability to secure the victim within and ability lifted to safety. I have been advised that meeting the minimum safety requirements at the lowest price of procurement is the only consideration for purchase.
Realizing that after 300 years of use the 30 inch ring buoy seems more decorative than useful as a MOB rescue device. But with the changes mentioned I believe it can be brought into this 21century as a rescue buoy.
My question is if an increase in cost of 15% over a conventional 30 inch buoy to much to make it cost prohibitive ? Secondly do you feel there is a need for such improvements ?
Thanks for your time