Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
Look at this this way,if someone offered you an investment at a 500% return i.e spend 20p & get a pound back would you take it? That sounds like sound financial management to me.
My experience of SNSM, particularly on the Normandy coast is that the boats are invariably moored afloat in "locked" harbours, so they are out of action +/- 3hrs LW, the RNLI would have built a bespoke boat house & slip outside of the harbour to ensure that they are available 24/7. The SNSM boats are generally much smaller & dare I say "Light" duty.
Hi Pikey Dave..
Only the Inshore boats are moored in tidal dependant areas, there will invariably be a 'CTT' (RNLI ALB equivalent) moored offshore covering the same sector. These are easy to spot, they have a green hull instead of the inshore's blue hull.
If you look at the link below and zoom in on Normandie you will see the extent of the SNSM network covering that area including the 6 CTT boats covering the area from ST Malo to Ouistrham
Heres quite a good link showing a nifty 360deg view of a French CTT wheelhouse.
And one of the engine room (including a typically grumpy looking french mechanic)
'Light duty' certainly not. Unsinkable and self righting but admitedly not as well built as a RNLI ALB. (i have been in a CTT as we have a familly member who is based at the Isle de Sein CTT station in Finistere)
The price of a CTT is only €850000 though and for all intents and purposes does the same job.
Incidentally, you over here this year?....if you are, i highly recommend Brest 2012 festival of the sea (13-19 July). We will be taking Gwenn there for a few days. Fantastic cruising ground.
Finally, well said Ribrunt