I had the opportunity in the not too distant past of being asked to accompany an aircraft owner on a flight from Ireland to the UK. A Single Engine Piston. It was because I had the required licence for a foreign registered aircraft and he had not. Before leaving home the night before I had enquired as to wether the A/C had life vests and most importantly a life raft. I made a point of mentioning that my participation was dependant on these criteria being met. On arriving at the aircraft in question I discovered that there were only two crude jackets, for four people and no life raft. I then refused to go any further.
When you conisder that rescue times assuming SAR finds you straight away if you look at the graph your going to be lucky if you get away with it.
Some People just fire off and don't give a though to it. In fact they may even be the ones to critisize first. I just want to know that I have an "out" if it all goes quiet up front. Even if you do have a raft theres no garauntee your going to get into it.
Have to laugh at people who say, "We'll go up to FL10, we'll be able to glide" Pull out your POH for say a 172 and see how far you can glide from 10,000ft. Its not as far as you think and if it happens half way your certainly not going to glide in.
So what do people think, and this applies to anyone who fly over water.