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Y Series Flotation Bags

Supplier: Flexitank

FTA manufactures a range of marine flotation devices that are designed with safety in mind – more often than not, when a vessel has placed a distress call and is sinking, the occupants ‘jump ship’, not realising that in most cases, the vessel is found before the occupants.


With this in mind, FTA offers a full range of flotation devices that can help eliminate the risk of a vessel sinking, and ensures the safety of the occupants on board.

Furthermore, should a vessel sink, FTA provides a comprehensive range of the highest quality inflatable salvage equipment to gain access to the sunken vessel, return to the surface, and investigate why the accident occurred and what can be done to prevent the same issue occurring again.

The Y series is designed to fit both small and large vessels and instead of relying on a flimsy life raft or dingy equipped with the minimum of survival equipment and gravely endangering life, occupants can stay with the vessel.

The units are stored inside the vessel usually under the bunk cushion storage area. In an emergency the Y series bags are inflated by the connected air cylinder/s maintaining the buoyancy of the vessel. The units are supplied with a self opening valise, relief valves, repair kit, and a yoke and hose assembly for diving cylinders.

A reusable bag, the FTA Y series flotation bag can also be used externally as a hull bag, and is especially useful in sand bar lifts. The bags are attached together surrounding the vessel.

Once the required lifting weight is calculated, the bags combined lifting weight safely raises the stranded vessel from its hold, allowing it to move to deeper waters. This is also a useful application for allowing deep draft yachts access to shallow ports rivers and canals around the globe.

Standard lifting capacities of 750, 1000, and 1500kg are available. The natural positive/negative displacement of the vessel should also be taken into consideration before determining how many floats would be required to keep the vessel above water.