Inflatable life raft generally has a lifespan of ten to fifteen years. Practically all rafts are recommended to service annually or biannually if vacuum sealed.

(Never exceed 2-3 years due to the chance of battery/flare corrosion) Rafts are made of several different types of materials. Most life rafts are available in either a valise (packed in a bag), or hand canister. The valise is designed for stop wage below and the canister is deck-mounted. Many boats lack the deck space for a container and just secure their valise in a cockpit locker or on deck during offshore passages.