The Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) are in the final phase of fitting out their new Inshore Lifeboat Jim & Molly Newton.
Its taken some five years to get to this stage of build. Over the past 15 years the service has had to raise £180K to extend the boathouse and another £150K to purchase the halmatic hull, inboard diesels, castoldi jets and launching trailer.
The halmatic P30 will be powered by 2 IVECO SRM33 diesel inboards driving twin Castoldi TD238 waterjets.
GAFIRS still require to raise approximately £30K to complete the fitting out of the new Inshore Lifeboat. This includes the purchase of either Raytheon or Furuno radar and navigational aids and the Rhotheta VHF direction finding equipment.
The radar dome, VHF Df, VHF aerials etc will be fitted to a double hoop gantry fixed to the console. The gantry needs to fold down to allow the boat to be housed, any ideas greatly received !!!!!
The previous support given to GAFIRS by RIBnet members is very much appreciated by both crew and shore crew.