Apologies for the delay in responding.
The last 8 months have been a bit of a whirlwind.
This time last year we were prepping for a new season with our 7.9 metre Delta and trying to fathom out how we were going to her to meet RBCOP.
In June we took the very difficult decision to sell our main SAR asset and use that as the funding foundation to buy a built to order Rescue Boat Code of Practice compliant vessel. To try and get our old Delta to code we would have had to strip it down to its core components and this would have resulted in us lifting off the deck. It made more sense to realise the value of our current vessel and begin fundraising.
We had a target for a new boat but somehow we soon surpassed that and that was when we decided to aim for the boat we would best want to serve the Western Solent in.
We finally settled on the Waverider 880, she is 8.8m in length with a 3 metre beam, will self-right and has an electronic suite that will keep us scratching our heads for a number of months.
We will need more people to help, not just front of shop but also helping with fundraising and administration… You don’t have to live local to serve, I used to live in Basingstoke and drive down every weekend!
The boat build has begun and we expect to be going through shakedown and sea trials in early June.
I will be posting photos of the build as it progresses.
A boat is not truly yours until you start fixing the things that you have personally broken.