I have purchased a new (used) life raft after my last one got destroyed in the accident during the move and launch from her transit back from New Zealand.  I have mounted it in the same location just in front of the dodger as it is the most accessible and out of the way.  It is the closest place to the cockpit I could find and still be unobtrusive.  And believe it or not it does not impede the view at all!
Life Raft
Life Raft
The first photo is taken from inside the cockpit looking forward.
The second photo also shows the new hatch I have installed to get more light and ventilation into the galley area.  There used to be a nice Teak box with a Dorade mounted on it (not the best way to catch fresh air)



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