Raising an old thread. Things went quiet for a while but our team is now back on track since we are anticipating funding. Here is our situation:
We are setting up an all-volunteer rescue team here in our city. The local government doesn't have a full time water rescue team. The only unit that provides water rescue is the coast guard. For small boats, they are equipped with only two SIBs, covering an entire region. We would like to fill that gap by providing flood, swiftwater, and beach rescue services.
Given our funding, we can only purchase one boat for now, so it has to work with all three scenarios. Based on the information generously provided by the members here at RIBnet, inflatables (RIB or SIB) is out because of its durability problems in flood water. Rescue One Connector Boat was initially an option but I don't think it will work well on beach patrol (correct me if I'm wrong). Our options have narrowed down to rotomoulded boats. After browsing through the websites cited, the following boats seem to fit the bill:
-Fun Yak D Category 3.9m, 6pax
-Smartwave AV3500 3.5m, 4pax
-MAC 420 Open Tiller Steer 4.2m, 5pax
-Tehri Sea Fun 4m, 4pax
-Steady 400 4m, 5pax
-Steady 320 3.2m, 4pax
-Rigiflex Newmatic 360 3.6m, 6pax
Have I made the right assessment? Are there other boats that would better fit our purposes?