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Old 11 January 2012, 19:33   #111
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Not all pet lamb, still can't see why you need touch screens and joystick controls on an ALB. Even the mechanic on a Tamar said he lets SIM boot up (which takes two minutes) and then goes round and checks the seacocks himself.
Having switched to tell you a seacock is open is a bit OTT for me, plus its one more thing to maintain.
Main Idea is to keep the crew members sat in their seats for the maximum time they can once under way en route to and from a shout ,
with the sim system (as you will know or for those who dont ), any crewmember can swap or moniter different jobs ,even the engine and machinery space has cctv so it can be kept an eye on,
main thought about the system is in rough seas when the boat can maintain as much max speed dropping off waves and the like without crew members having to swap seats or positions hopefully much reducing injurys ,falls ,crew bumping into eachother ect .
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Old 11 January 2012, 20:39   #112
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Yep have done a couple of bits for gaffirs and the closer one is hamble rescue. Haven't been to see them yet but I will get round to it. Not sure if they are top heavy already. If you know what I mean

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I think you'll find you're welcomed with open arms at Hamble, like most indies, it's a very different setup to the RNLI.

No huge admin office, and pretty much every 1 donated gets spent on the boat, or crew kit.

They're currently trying to raise 500k for a new boathouse, planning permission for which took 10 years.

Sadly, no architects dept / planning consultants / key contractors turning up for these guys...
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Old 11 January 2012, 20:48   #113
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The reason for my curiosity is that, after reading the last information i recieved from the French SNSM i noticed it mentioned there are now 232 operational stations in France.
A quick Wiki search revealed that the RNLI has only 235 operational stations, a mere 3 more than their French conterpart.
Not defending the RNLI, but I think you'll find the SNSM include in their figures the seasonal lifeguard stations, whereas the RNLI treat theirs (around 300 I think) seperately.

Certainly though, the difference between an average SNSM station - functional, spartan even - and a new RNLI station - cutting edge architecture, viewing galleries, public access, etc, is immense.
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Old 11 January 2012, 22:07   #114
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Main Idea is to keep the crew members sat in their seats for the maximum time they can once under way en route to and from a shout ,
with the sim system (as you will know or for those who dont ), any crewmember can swap or moniter different jobs ,even the engine and machinery space has cctv so it can be kept an eye on,
main thought about the system is in rough seas when the boat can maintain as much max speed dropping off waves and the like without crew members having to swap seats or positions hopefully much reducing injurys ,falls ,crew bumping into eachother ect .
Still not convinced mate.
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Old 12 January 2012, 03:53   #115
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I think you'll find you're welcomed with open arms at Hamble, like most indies, it's a very different setup to the RNLI.

No huge admin office, and pretty much every 1 donated gets spent on the boat, or crew kit.

They're currently trying to raise 500k for a new boathouse, planning permission for which took 10 years.

Sadly, no architects dept / planning consultants / key contractors turning up for these guys...
500k for a boatshed. A bit steep me thinks. Built a 50 ft shed myself so I'm not guessing when I say that

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Old 12 January 2012, 10:35   #116
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Old 12 January 2012, 10:45   #117
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ost is one thing, but I was phoned at home asking to up my direct debit with them!
I was not very pleased & told them the increase they where asking for was way over inflation & settled at a smaller increase!
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Old 12 January 2012, 12:28   #118
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The chief executive of the RNLI is answering questions on twitter from 1800 till 1900 tonight so why don't the people who want questions answer ask the main man himself. Good luck
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Old 12 January 2012, 12:31   #119
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By way of a bit of balance.......

I pay by direct debit and have received no hassle at all !

During a short conversation with a member of RNLI staff at the LBS today I was asked politely if I'd like to upgrade my membership ? A simple no thanks was all it took .
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Old 12 January 2012, 15:01   #120
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My tuppence worth

If you donate by direct debit and have done so or say 5 years, perhaps a friendly call from an RNLI rep with well chosen words asking for a little extra is understandable considering inflation etc.

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