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Old 24 January 2007, 04:43   #11
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Impossible to say until you give a few more details about the operating conditions, for example surf rescue is vastly different to inshore, and inshore is vastly different to yacht club safety and rescue. And if you're involved in flood or swiftwater rescue, that's something else entirely!

As a good guide for standards, have a look at www.mcga.gov.uk and search for "rescue boat code". It's draft at the moment but will give you some good parameters.

As for budget, we replaced our last Delta X craft and spent around 80k in the process.....
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Old 24 January 2007, 08:27   #12
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Is it for beach lifeguard work as the IRB'S in praire tubers post or for more general stuff like dinghy's and boats .

What do the Canadian SLSA use as a matter of interest
Excellent point, those 3.8 meter IRBs used is OZ & NZ are mean't specifically for saving swimmers/surfers. They simply wouldn't have the space for, say, supporting divers & their equipment. I think the those previous links provide useful info about the standards of construction quality for boats in that size range

In Canada, there doesn't seem to be any national standard watercraft for lifeguards patrolling the beaches. Here in Manitoba for example some beach patrols primarily use PWCs, some use Boston Whalers, while others may use SIBs, or a combination of them.

This is a new endeavor for a local guy which I can see gaining alot of favour for this application;

http://www.cabora.com/



For the coastguard & RCMP patrolling ocean coast or the larger inland lakes, you'll see aluminum hulled ribs, usually between 5.5m to 7.5 m.
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Old 24 January 2007, 12:14   #13
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What its Going to be used for

The Boat will be used in a river that opens into a large Harbour, its main role will be a Search and Recovery boat, Its secondary use will be as a Rescue boat, backing up the fire department and other SAR units, It will also offer it use as a safty boat during various races and events, eg. Cork Week, Ocean to City race...etc, Im looking for something around 3.8m-4.5m and around a 40hp, it doesnt need to have an engine. it also needs to be a good price, 2000-3000euros. an XRNLI D-Class or something similar, the crew will be 3 to 4 people.
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Old 24 January 2007, 17:18   #14
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lots of Fire/Police services are using the Avon ERB range of inflatables. I have only ever heard good comments about them too, been out on a few testing and they are pretty good.

Have a look at... http://www.avon-workboats.com/page/erb1
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Old 24 January 2007, 18:22   #15
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The Boat will be used in a river that opens into a large Harbour, its main role will be a Search and Recovery boat, Its secondary use will be as a Rescue boat, backing up the fire department and other SAR units, It will also offer it use as a safty boat during various races and events, eg. Cork Week, Ocean to City race...etc, Im looking for something around 3.8m-4.5m and around a 40hp, it doesnt need to have an engine. it also needs to be a good price, 2000-3000euros. an XRNLI D-Class or something similar, the crew will be 3 to 4 people.

I hope you dont intend to take to the enterance of Cork Harbour between Roches Point and Weavers Point in a southerly with ebb tide.........
Not for the faint hearted, practical standing rollers with breaking tips, where yachts plane at 8-10kts in centre stream and look motionless.
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Old 28 January 2007, 05:00   #16
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I'd get a secondhand Avon SR4!

Have you considered a small Zapcat type boat (probably a bit pricey though!)
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