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Old 31 January 2009, 22:24   #31
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Hi. Thank you for all your replies. Aside from maintenance, durability is also a concern. We plan to operate both in river areas (whitewater) and in house-to-house street floods. Our last flood was on Jan 11. River and stream waters rose over 2m which overflowed to river side communities, and low lying areas areas had water up to sometimes over the roof. Barbed wire and other sharp materials are a real concern here. What other alternatives aside from a SIB can we use? Can anyone provide links? Thanks.
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Old 31 January 2009, 23:21   #32
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Barbed wire and other sharp materials are a real concern here. What other alternatives aside from a SIB can we use? Can anyone provide links? Thanks.
Is this any good?

http://www.fun-yak.co.uk/html/fun_ya...html#FunYak3.9
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Those fun yak boats look nice, anyone have experience with them?
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Old 01 February 2009, 04:15   #34
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Hi. Thank you for all your replies. Aside from maintenance, durability is also a concern. We plan to operate both in river areas (whitewater) and in house-to-house street floods. Our last flood was on Jan 11. River and stream waters rose over 2m which overflowed to river side communities, and low lying areas areas had water up to sometimes over the roof. Barbed wire and other sharp materials are a real concern here. What other alternatives aside from a SIB can we use? Can anyone provide links? Thanks.
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White water and boats are a totally different skill base to house to house, and to be honestyou may be better off with 2 craft. I'm happy with a sib for house to house but not on whitewater if you want it to survive long. At that point you need to be looking at ali or heavy plastic. And I'd want it jet drive, and an internal one at that a jet leg.

Not sure on the best boat, it's not somewhere I've been. We use a SIB or a raft on white water but that is for tethered rescue not powering around.

I have used a D class on a weir, it was ok for rescue below the wier as we had a large flat area to operate on, wouldn't want to navigate it down a river though. You'ed really have to know your work area to put powerd craft onto a white water river. Personally that's what Rescue Kayaks are for;
http://www.bculifeguards.org.uk/

Where in the country are you based?


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Old 01 February 2009, 05:25   #35
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Those fun yak boats look nice, anyone have experience with them?
I own the same model that Nos4r2 posted, set up with centre console. Fairly indestructible. As with all Rib owners I am slightly biased so believe I made an excellent buying decision; that said I am waiting for funds and free time to justify an upgrade to a bigger boat which will probably have real tubes.

Some of the pros for you- Zero maintainence hull/sponsons, almost impossible to damage (one of their competitors shows a video of a similar sized boat being dropped from a crane onto a concrete car park - see www.marinerevolution.com). More in built storage than a typical rib (beware this is not watertight); The "tubes" are shaped all the way round so you can sit people in the boat rather than on the tubes.

V-hull handles like a rib rather any "skiddy" dory

The Mac boats (sold in the UK through Marine Revolution) are foam filled inside the polyethylene skin, the FunYaks are hollow. That might be relevant for you if you are doing stuff thats likely to damage them (bear in mind though that dories are also foam cored - and notorious for being water logged).

I'm not sure if there is space for a stretcher to sit safely in the boat with the console fitted (give me the dimensions and I can check). If the idea is maximum payload then might be best in tiller steer version anyway.

I have no experience of working in the sort of water you are planning so can't comment on suitability.

The British Red Cross operate a flood rescue boat from Inverness (or close to there) which is a polyethylene rotomolded boat too (its a Pioneer, which is a bit more industrial (and expensive!) than a Funyak). They added a hovercraft to their fleet recently - might be worth talking to them to see experiences with the boat and why they decided that going over rather than through the water was what they needed (my understanding is they still have the boat for "jobs" where it is more appropriate.

Where are you based?
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I am based in the Philippines. Those funyaks seem to be the best option since they are nearly indestructible. Are there any other options?
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Ah! I was going to offer you the chance to take mine for a spin - but the philipines is a bit far for that

Fun Yaks are made somewhere in France.
Mac Boats (www.macboats.com) are made in NZ and the same concept.
These guys make polyethylene boats in Australia (http://www.polycraft.com.au)
Tehri - Finish manufacturer http://www.terhi.fi/en/main
Steadyboat - Sweedish manufacturer of rib like boats http://www.steadyboats.com/index.cfm?SprakID=2
The Zegul http://www.zegul.se/zegul.php?sida=Zegul380 which disassembles for easy transport (fits on roofrack)
Pioner in Norway - http://www.pionerboat.no/ in particular the Pioner multi.


there are probably others - not sure if there is anyone closer to you.
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This would be my first choice - http://www.rescueone.com/ Very good bits of kit.

Otherwise, Jeanneau do a superb boat - pics in someone's earlier link to SARAs site.

Pioneer manufacture a good range too, even having a bow ramp for access.
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Didn't I just do that?


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http://www.rigiflexboats.co.uk/

http://www.waltonmarine.co.uk/boat/R...wmatic360.aspx

I know that these are very popular for providing safety cover (we have 4) but also be some Fire & Rescue units. They're very tough boats if your looking for something solid
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