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Old 21 December 2016, 14:04   #11
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Whilst all the ribs and sibs above are great, they would be easily damaged in flood waters etc.
Have we warned the RNLI, P.?

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Old 21 December 2016, 14:11   #12
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Unless there is a specific requirement for the bigger boat I'd go down the route of a D Class clone which is what the Redbay boat is albeit a RIB rather than a SIB.
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Old 21 December 2016, 14:19   #13
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Have we warned the RNLI, P.?

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Old 21 December 2016, 14:23   #14
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Perhaps we should have a discussion. Most of our boats are based on or near the Thames and we could link up with something especially now we have the former Portishead Lifeboat on our fleet.

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For flood work I would have thought a Poly poly special would be the ticket. Personally I think you've 2 different needs & the 1 boat option will be a compromise.

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Old 21 December 2016, 17:59   #17
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I am the lead Coxswain of York Rescue Boat. We're a patrolling Rescue Boat and also provide a nationally declared flood rescue team.

As others said I'd look at what you need as two separate requirements, river rescue and flood. We use a 5.3m rib for our routine work in York, low freeboard for recovering casualties from the water, dry enough that crew don't need to be in SRT gear and comfy enough to spend long periods in on protracted searches. It's powered by a quiet and very economical 60hp 4 stroke, ideal for our work at low revs during patrols at night.

For flood we use two boats, we've a 4m soft inflatable, an FRB400, which is built as a flood rescue boat, loads of reinforcement, rubbing strakes etc as flood is pretty demanding. This has a 2 stroke 30hp with an enormous surf prop guard as you do hit the bottom a lot in flood. It's quite a wet boat but that doesn't matter as we're all in full in-water SRT PPE when we're using it. It's man portable and we can use it without engine, either paddled or pushed during wading operations.

We've also got an order in for a specialist 5 metre flood Boat called a Connector One, they're a fantastic boat, flat bottomed, astonishingly strong, shallow draught (in Carlisle in the storm Desmond floods I was still driving in knee deep water which makes it much easier to transfer casualties without the need for big ice paths) and powered by a jet outboard for safety of crew working around it, and to aid in shallow water operations.

As you can see all very different boats, for different jobs. Feel free to drop me a line and I'll mail you my phone number if you want a chat to discuss. Mark.mullen@yorkrescueboat.com
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Old 21 December 2016, 18:08   #18
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Not sure if jets are good in floods - someone must have tried it but my gut feel is flotsam will get tangled up?


We use jet outboards, they're ideal for flood, no props to eat crews feet and when you do inevitably pick up debris on the intake screen you just tilt the engine up, clear it by hand, drop it back and carry on. In Cumbria for the Storm Desmond floods last year I picked up a full bag of rubbish, and a ladies furry winter glove (not a euphemism BTW!) amongst other things, all without issue, 30 seconds after the blockage I was making way again.
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All very interesting stuff and a demonstration of the usefulness of the forum.

There is a search and rescue forum - Home - SARworld - Talking Search & Rescue which I found courtesy of Google. It may be worth posting on there as well.
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I would look at jet drives rather than outboards.
+1......But you do get outboards with jet drive.
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