The Power of Being Compact

The Extendable is a lifeboat that is kinda flat packed and can be stored at convenient spots on a big boat. The idea is to have an inflatable boat handy and yet remain unobtrusive on the deck. Clever design that can get into production, provided the necessary tweaks are incorporated!

Extendable Lifeboat is a 2012 iF Design Talents entry.

Designer: Haimo Bao


  • Stephen Russell says:

    Must for yachts & smaller cruise ships., USCG cutters, Harbor patrol boats.
    bouy tenders fishing boats alone.,
    Need radar mast for air search & house some emerg supplies in hull.
    & or beach launch into sea for Rescue

  • Christopher says:

    Another designer who has never spent time in a boat.
    How is this stiffened? Air pressure? Where is the pump?
    A semi-rigid raft like this would be much heavier than the current fabric raft, and would claim its first victim as they try to release it off a pitching boat. With its low freeboard it will be filled by the first wave – which will simplify ingress as there are no ropes or handles to aid with boarding. The second survivor uses the handles, and as they are recessed, they trap the hands as they are pulled on the raft by their helping crew, and break wrists.
    The few surviving crew lying in water with no shelter are soon dead of exposure.
    After a day when the weather clears this bit of junk can be used to identify the boat that sunk.

  • tyanic says:

    wait, wouldnt a inflatable raft be just like this, but smaller, and cheaper. it seems that this site, form beyond function appears to only focus on the form bit, and ignore functionality or practicality.

  • Nikola says:

    quote:extendable structure for charge !

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