CONVENTIONAL RAFTING (Contd)
Do not get any part of body between bridge bays and boat. Failure to
comply may result in injury or death to personnel.
Ensure each bowline is tight and bay is held firmly against pushknees
or bridge will tend to pull off to side of boat. Failure to comply may
result in damage to equipment or injury to personnel.
Connecting BEBs to raft assembly can be performed simultaneously or
one boat at a time. When more than one boat is required, boat should
be evenly spaced along the bridge.
For raft crewmember instructions, refer to TM 5-5420-278-10.
1. Boat operators maneuver required number of boats on downstream side of raft (3).
Position each boat to center of interior bays until pushknees (4) contact center of
outer ponton (bow ponton) of raft (3).
2. Crewmembers wait on or near bow of boat, without blocking boat operator's view;
wait until both pushknees (4) touch bridge (3).
Ensure all lines are tight and raft is held firmly against boat
pushknees or boat will pull to one side of raft.
While boat operators keep both pushknees (4) in contact with raft (3), crewmembers
secure bow lines (7) and (12) to the two nearest outer ponton (bow ponton) load
receiving pins (2) and (5). Pull bow line tight and secure it to bow bollards.
Crewmembers of each boat secure steering lines (8) and (11) to far outer ponton
(bow ponton) cleats (6) and (1).
Secure steering line (11) to the boat aft bollard.
Pull steering line (8) around aft bollard and tighten using capstan (10). Secure
remainder of steering line (1) to aft cleats.
Once all boats are properly secured to raft (3), boat operators maneuver raft in
accordance with hand signals from raft commander.