- Does anyone subcontracting out work to skippers using your our own boats, if this successful? How much is the going daily rate?
It's not easy to get insurance for this (bareboat) but possible, Hire rate depends on the boat. I wouldn't hire my boat out bareboat as the hirer may not have the wherewithal to pay for the damage they might do by not checking oil, water etc
- I understand we should be coded (for the coastal work)
Coding is pretty straitforward and you'll probably have the ability to get the equipment at the right price. However Inland safety boats on construction sites don't need to be coded, but must have all the relevant safety gear. For example coding doesn't require you to have a Jacobs Ladder but it's pretty essential for rescuing someboady from the water, and the site safety officer will be looking for that plus documentaion of your rescue procedures
- What would anyone recommend for the first boat?
That's is a question that needs expanding. Different boats do different jobs.
First you have to defing the term safety boat and what it means to your business. If it's crew transfer work then yep you need a Cabin rib. If It's site safety work or standby Rig work then you need an open boat cos you lose time gettin out of the cabin to attend to the casulaty. If It's site work then I cant see anything beating a Sea Rider 5.4 or 6m cos the flooding hull is very useful when trying to hoik somebody in and therefore is a good selling point also it's very difficult to trash the reinforced toobs.
You can't really have a safety boat that doubles as a crew transfer vessel cos there is nowhere to put the casualty. If the work is guard ship work on a windfarm then you do need a big cabin rib or a proper boat. So what type of work are you initially aiming for?
- I would be looking to employ skippers with all the relevant quailifications RYA, Sea Survival etc... what else should i look for??
I work on Rya Tickets in the Construction safety area and OPITO Tickets for offshore OIL work The OPITO tickets are expensive to obtain and a lot tougher than the RYA tickets. But not needed outside the oil indusrty.
If you are doing sitesafety it might be worth your cox having a basic site safety passport?
Any potential skipper you employ should be able to make the boat dance at slow speed, cos that\s where the work needs to be done. Don't employ anyone that can't impress you in your boat and remeber that any twit can drive a boat fast including me
- Is it possible to get someone trained from scratch?
The most important thing to look for in a Skipper is experience. Plenty of training schools will offer you a zero to hero course where after a week you are a qualified commercial boat skipper, but I don't think that's a result for the casualty.or the boat owner.
Also boats go wrong, so a novice is gonna be hard pressed to get the boat working if a problem arises and that will invoke usually nasty nasty penalty clauses. Cos if the safety boat don't work then the site doesn't and that's an expense the contractors will be looking for you to bear. Get an experienced guy and if you want a trainee take 6 months or so to train the guy up you'll wind up with a result.
Also I notice yo have an inland location. For inland work somebody that's done a lot of safety boat stuff with a sailing club would be an ideal candidate but they may never have seen a wave in there life so you can't use em straightaway for coastal work. A Yachtmaster would be wasted on inland work most construction companies are happy with a commercial endorsemant on a PB2 i'd want to sea a minimum of the RYA safety boat ticket for those jobs.
And... do you have any other comments
Define what work you are being asked for and build your plans around that, consider chartering/ leasing a boat for the first three months or so. This then gives you the freedom to choose the correct boat when you know a bit more about what you are doing.
Also the cox can't have a 9 to 5 attitude if the boat needs maintenance after the working day is done then it's gotta happen, regardless of what they have lined up after work. Also you need to make this task streamlined so good ish tools, pleanty of spare consumables, and easy and claen refuelling system, acess to fuel and a float or fuel card to pay for it. plus a signed off maintenance schedule Manuals on disk wouldn't be a bad idea
I'm back from the North Sea Tomorrow so let me know if you need any more info, failing that good luck