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Old 21 December 2016, 07:04   #1
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Hope you can help here, I work for a charitable organisation called Bucks Search & Rescue and we are like many other SAR teams assist the police forces in finding missing, vulnerable and sometimes deceased people.
We are in the process of looking for a suitable SAR boat that will allow is to patrol the Thames and other waterways allowing us to rescue or use in flood times and a couple of options we have looked at are from the Narwahl and Rigiflex range.
Does anyone know if a suitable Boat/Rib that would serve our purpose, not secondhand but new.
Please come back to me ASAP with some suggestions as we are looking at the complete package, including safety equipment etc
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Gents
Hope you can help here, I work for a charitable organisation called Bucks Search & Rescue and we are like many other SAR teams assist the police forces in finding missing, vulnerable and sometimes deceased people.
We are in the process of looking for a suitable SAR boat that will allow is to patrol the Thames and other waterways allowing us to rescue or use in flood times and a couple of options we have looked at are from the Narwahl and Rigiflex range.
Does anyone know if a suitable Boat/Rib that would serve our purpose, not secondhand but new.
Please come back to me ASAP with some suggestions as we are looking at the complete package, including safety equipment etc
We have supplied two ribs to Water Safe UK Search & Rescue Team. In 2015 a Parker 650 with twin Mercury 90 HP and in 2016 a Parker 510 with Mercury 90. WUKSART are also a charity and do similar work like your charity does.
Perhaps we could offer you the same or similar. see photo or visit www.facebook.com/wuksart
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Old 21 December 2016, 08:32   #3
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Personally the two needs are different in my eyes. For the Thames you'll need something with a bit of power as towing is likely to be part of the main role I suspect yet for flood you want something small enough to transport, set up and push / carry around with maybe an outboard - but probably not one big enough to tow on a tidal river!

Have a word with the guys at Rescue Marine (ask for Stuart) htttp://www.rescuemarine.eu

Stuart has great background and knows the rescue world well - I've ran beaches with him for years
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Im sure Ribcraft have supplied a few to SAR in that neck of the woods which of course would be completely bespoke
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Im sure Ribcraft have supplied a few to SAR in that neck of the woods which of course would be completely bespoke
They supplied one of GAFIRS boats - and very good it is too. But wouldn't be much cop for the flood element.
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Ideally you want two different boats, one big one for the Thames and a small shallow draft for flood rescue etc. If you really want to do both with the same boat, I would look at jet drives rather than outboards.
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Maybe fitted with a jet outboard or just a prop guard?

Jet Drive, Outboard Engine | Yamaha Outboards


She's certainly a trick piece of kit. Not sure what the delivery lead times are ATM? ;-)
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Since everyone seems to be suggesting the brand they own can I suggest having a chat to London Fire and Rescue and seeing what they think of these:
http://mortonboatsblog.blogspot.com/...nd-rescue.html

Whilst all the ribs and sibs above are great, they would be easily damaged in flood waters etc.

Not sure if jets are good in floods - someone must have tried it but my gut feel is flotsam will get tangled up?
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The RNLI use a modified D Class for their flood rescue efforts and an E Class (not the Mercedes one) on the Thames. The E class does have jets, which is just about a first for the RNLI, due to the debris in the Thames. The two boats are different enough that a compromise would probably miss the mark in both areas.

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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