Fair point, I missed the bit about getting home in my first read of it.
Mind you, muster time for lifeboats is negligable in the grand scheme of things, inshore boats will launch fast and be able to atend to a local incident fast, while the bigger boat might take a little longer but would generally be used for bigger jobs lasting some time. It's certainly not an issue the RNLI look into, which tells me they are hapy with how things are, and they don't feel they can improve. Towing is similar, 10-15 mins to rig a tow and get underway...Unless of course we are talking major incidents, which we are not....
Mextli, if sea conditions are so bad as to cause a lifeboat to do 5 knots, the lifeboat won't go. Coastguard would sooner send a helo and get the guys off the boat and think about it later once the POB's are safe.
Anyway the discussion reminds me of a year or two ago, we had just put our Hunter Europa in the water, dad had some stupid idea of putting a goddamn seagull on the back of it.
Was heading back in after a nice sail and had pulled the main sail down in prepreation for starting the engine to go back into the Marina, started the engine in neutral, then as I popped it into gear heard a ominous 'crack', looked back and realised the outboard bracket had sheared and wasn't going to hold, cue me hanging out the back of the boat, still sailing with the headsail, trying to drag this 5hp beast of a seagull over the pushpit, two stroke mix everywhere!
Of course it was race night and all the yachties were heading in so got a good look at the escapade....
Anyway dad had left the 2hp suzuki two stroke in the forward berth for emergencies, I took the boat on a broad reach with just the headsail up still, and was able to sail along and pop the 2hp on the back with no problem whatsoever, before limping back into the marina and making sure all the racers had left before making my hasty departure!
I convinced dad to sell the seagull two weeks later.