Originally Posted by Paul F
Without getting into deep politics, I think you will find that its an Additional resouce and not declared as declared is 24/7 service and coded to rescue boat code.
As for freeboard, your right not the ideal safety boat neither for coming alongside another boat at sea as its "out fenders" time.
But its main role and what purchased for is to patrol our local waters enforcing the local bylaws.
Hope that makes it a bit clearer as to why they didnt go for a RIB.
I like the idea of them "Enforcing local bylaw" yet i actually wait to see this happen, it seems that the scummy jet skiers can do whatever they like at whatever speed they like and no one stops them, I've been down there and seen the patrol boat moored by the slip way and three jet skiers come whizzing into the harbour, cut up a fishing boat and block the entire foot of the slipway, the patrol boat crew watched this happen and did absolutely nothing or said nothing to the jet skiers, ask the forshore services guys what they are doing to stop them speeding in the harbour, inside the 8 knot limit or clogging the bottom of the slip way at Herne Bay and they tell you NOTHING !! they have no power to do anything.
I'd be happy if they made the slipway permit only use and to obtain a permit you have to declare your insurance details to the local council, much the same as Margate, Birchington etc do.
As a local tax payer and active voter i'd like to see the rescue figures published about the local patrol boat, i read the local papers and actively follow the stories printed about the Whitstable RNLI activities and rescues along our coast, but i've yet to see or read anything about the council patrol boat having either rescued anyone or enforced the local bye laws.
The forshore services run small sibs along certain areas of the beaches at Tankerton and Herne Bay, and the RNLI cover cover off shore rescues, is it cost effective to be running an expensive patrol boat, which only operates from spring to autumn !