Originally Posted by Polwart
Simon, are you comparing apples with apples there? As far as I know most AWBs have a full time paid mechanic (who is not just looking after the boat but the boat house and various other related stuff). [I've no idea whether this is a necessity to have the boats immediately ready etc]. Does your maintainence budget include staff to do the work? A cursory glance at the RNLI accounts suggests they aren't accounting for those staff anywhere else so are presumably part of the budget? AWB "operational maintainence budget" may also include all the kit for the crew on that boat such as lifejackets, foul weather gear etc - possibly launch tractors etc too. It still sounds like quite a lot to me and I'm sure as John suggests its a self fulfilling prophecy, which if they had to change they could without noticeable effects on service delivery in the short to medium term. Certainly for that money someone needs to be taking a look at whether we need all those AWBs with the type of shout they usually get these days, and the increased use of Helo's for significantly offshore stuff etc, as well as the increased range and capability of the Atlantic 85s over the original 21s.
True my maintenance budget's do not include costings for the engineers to carry out any work as this comes under a seperate crewing budget but never the less the figures do not add up.
I work within a couple hundred meters of the Calshot ALB down on the Solent and can safely say that the ALB probably doesnt go out more than 6 times a month if that. Most calls are dealt with by the Hamble inshore (independant) lifeboat and ocassionally the Calshot's little 'D' class.
Now based on the RNLI website link, the two lifeboats at Calshot will have a combined maintenance budget of say 80-90k.
Assuming there is a full time paid engineer based at Calshot (i dont think there is but we will assume anyway) earning circa 30K p/a then what does he do to earn his keep and what is the other 50-60k per year spent on?
Put, it this way, this is what i would expect to spend if the vessel was being looked after by a private sector company.
--Lifejacket and survival suit inspection/servicing 2000 p/y
--cost of slipping and antifouling (if this is to be done anually??) 4000 p/y
--Engine/gearbox/crane maintenance and minor repairs including filters oils etc.. 1400 p/y
--Servicing of liferaft 2000 p/y
--Radio/navionics/pyrotechnics survey/service/replacment 1000 p/y
--Misc and annual 'set aside' for long term maintence ie: turbo overhauls, engine/gearbox rebuilds and unforseen failures 6000 p/y
Total 16400k per year plus cost of 1 engineer at 30000k (although the cost of the engineer would be split between the budget's of several lifeboats so in reality it would be more like 5000k per year)
21400k per year for the ALB and say 3000k per year for the 'D' class giving a total of 24400k
As you and JK say, it would seem to have become a self fulfilling prophecy indeed.