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Old 01 February 2014, 05:57   #1
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Sometimes it doesn't always go to plan !!



Bloody good recovery of the launch

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VERY courageous people, very skilled also in my humble opinion. Good to know they are around when i (or others) go wrong or are in danger.....Thank God for being them around when we need them!!!

Question? is that boat propellor driven or jet propulsed??
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VERY courageous people, very skilled also in my humble opinion. Good to know they are around when i (or others) go wrong or are in danger.....Thank God for being them around when we need them!!!

Question? is that boat propellor driven or jet propulsed??
Mersey Class - Props recessed in hull "tunnels"

The new Shannon Class is the only All Weather Boat with jet drives the RNLI have.
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Mersey Class - Props recessed in hull "tunnels"

The new Shannon Class is the only All Weather Boat with jet drives the RNLI have.

I wonder how jets would handle the shingle/pebble beach? At least with recessed props, the worst that can happen is dinks.
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Scared the bejesus out of me when I first saw it, certainly braver than me. No way would i be on that boat.
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Amazing dedicated people, who go out for others in those conditions.
I was surprised they continued to go astern for so far, is that due with getting the crew back safely before he could spin it around, or possibly the potential of getting caught by a wave sideways during a turn?
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Amazing dedicated people, who go out for others in those conditions.
I was surprised they continued to go astern for so far, is that due with getting the crew back safely before he could spin it around, or possibly the potential of getting caught by a wave sideways during a turn?
Pondering the same thing myself. I'd imagine lots of reasons - all flashing through the helms mind as he glanced over his shoulder at the next approaching mountain of water:

"Get her into deeper water!
Stop her broaching (driving a displacement rudder steered hull into breakers!!)
Have I still got all my crew?
Did I remember to shut the wheelhouse door?
Do we still have the spare pants in the forward compartment?"
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Not the first water jet powered lifeboats , rnli had 4 steam powered water jet boats over a 100 years ago ; ) One big advantage with the new water jet Shannon over the Mersey is the launching carriage itself , the Shannon's doesn't have any fall chains that are released by the 4 crew 2 on each side with lump hammers at a given signal as well as the keel rope that can get caught around the props unlike the mersey that secure it to the /carriage which is what happened in the video clip .
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