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Old 07 August 2014, 08:58   #1
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Starting a rescue/safety boat

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So I want to start rescue/safety boat for events and such that is completely free of charge to the event or organisations. I may even do flood rescue as the area I live in has had flooding in the past. I'm a lifeboat crew member so have experience in rescues.

I'd it would be run on donations ect but do you guys think it's possible?

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Old 07 August 2014, 09:27   #2
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If your after a rescue my friend has one for sale! Great boat, big deck space, shallow draft, light but strong, 50hp tohatsu. He uses it for safety boat work. He's had 8 people plus 3 sets of diving gear in it at one time

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Old 07 August 2014, 09:44   #3
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I may be interested in the future just looking at my options first. Does he do safety work for a company or an organisation?
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No he free lances. Recently did work on the Thames for a swim & is booked in for a sailing event in Weymouth. They pay pretty good money per person & then pay a certain amount for the boat.
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This is an interesting topic. I help Frank with the maintenance on Hayling Rescue. He is a one man band who offers 24/7 Rescue and Recovery in the Chichester Harbour and Hayling Bay area. He operates solely on donations and whatever he can get from Boatman work, cutting ropes from props, moving boats using his RIB and of course towing boats off that have gone aground or broken down.
It is nearly impossible to make a going concern from doing this sort of work as nobody wants to pay and because the RNLI don't charge, everyone expects these services to be provided for free! It is an astonishing situation!
I help out doing safety Boat and support stuff for events organised by Hayling Island Sailing Club using my own RIBs. The best I can expect in return is 25 per day for wear and tear plus fuel. You have to be careful where you charge more as you then move into commercial territory which will inevitably bring coding etc. I am advised that I could possibly charge up to 100 per day before crossing that line.
If you are thinking of offering safety cover with your RIB for club events, be aware that most clubs have virtually no budget for this as they invariably cock up the projected budget for an event that will often be arranged 2 years before the event takes place and to try and make the venue as attractive as possible to the class, they negotiate the lowest prices they can, leaving no flesh on the bone. There are emergency organisations that have come to light since last winter and all the flooding that may be interested in recruiting your services? SERVE ON
If you are considering going this sort of direction and haven\t bought a RIB yet, you might consider getting something with a Jetdrive as it is ideal in situations where people are in the water and if you help with floods and are travelling along flooded roads etc, wont have to worry about clouting the prop. The other bonus is the manouverability that a jet gives you, although they take some getting used to after a conventional leg and prop.

Good luck with your venture, I look forward to hearing more.
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Those prices seem interesting. For the Thames swim we got 90 per crew member & just over 100 for the use of the boat. & similar for the Weymouth event
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Hey I don't have a RIB ATM but I'm used to operating both jet and outboard propelled boats, I'm currently looking into a Arancia it seems a good boat to me. And I didn't know you could charge into 100 without a commercial endorsement?
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You can't charge.

If you receive payment or reward you need to be coded.

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It is not suggested as an ongoing commercial arrangement. It is just a suggestion that you could possibly justify 100 per day in wear and tear+ fuel, depending on what sort of setup you have. More than that would probably encourage closer scrutiny? I only do this stuff part time and have a proper job during the week, so am not relying on it for my income. If I was doing this everyday earning 100 per day, I don't believe I would be able to get away with it for long, without getting the correct paperwork, license, insurance etc in place.
There are other people on here involved with this area who I am sure will also offer some advice.
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You can't receive anything that constitutes payment or benefit in kind and you need to be doing it as a leisure activity.

100/day would in my opinion, for a little sib would result in a benefit and/or reward.

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