No I'm not saying that there is no need for a liferaft when crossing the channel , it up to the individual,to take what ever safety equipment they feel necessary, I just dont think its a neccessity . Cant remember hearing many rescues from liferafts from pleasure crafts . Where do you draw the line ?? Accidents , especially fire can happen coastal or on a couple hour trip of an afternoon . should all craft carry liferafts all of the time ?