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Old 12 February 2014, 08:25   #31
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Bloke in salcombe told me the crew had split the hull in testing as with the new seats and crew protection they push the boat further, faster and harder. The adage that crew give up before the boat is perhaps being flipped around as tech provides crew with such comfort (relatively speaking)
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Old 12 February 2014, 18:00   #32
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My brother works at Berthon in Lymington where they are building these. He worked on the prototype, hull 13-01, when he started there three years ago. He is now working on the production boats and is part of the team that does sea trials on them before they are handed over to the RNLI. They are just doing acceptance trials with they RNLI on the second production boat 13-03. They were out today in the Solent in 45kts of breeze!
I know 13-01 has been back for modifications a couple of times to bring it up to the same spec as the production boats but haven't heard anything about the hull splitting. Having been to the factory up the road where they build the hulls I'd be surprised if this happened having seen how over engineered the Severn class were when they built them.
He sent me a picture the other week of them going past Nab tower at 28 knots into a force 6. The day after it was flat calm and they did a lap of the island in under 2 hours from leaving the pontoon to being tied up again back at base!
I question why he should get paid to do this, I'd do it for free!

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Bloke in salcombe told me the crew had split the hull in testing as with the new seats and crew protection they push the boat further, faster and harder. The adage that crew give up before the boat is perhaps being flipped around as tech provides crew with such comfort (relatively speaking)
You need to stop talking to strange men on piers HP. They're leading you astray...
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Old 12 February 2014, 18:21   #34
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He was the harbourmaster ferrying us in from the moorings.

He was a VERY. Nice man
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I'd be surprised if this happened having seen how over engineered the Severn class were when they built them net
I seem to remember an incident with bilge keel failing on a Severn class once : / just before they came operational . On the subject of build anyone see the photos or hear the story of the Ex RNLI Atlantic 21 rib ( ex New Brighton lifeboat " Blenwatch B549)that was lost of Iceland whilst under tow & that turned up still afloat after 3 years minus its sponsons & righting bag looking rough covered in marine growth & seaweed ,, after being recovered & good pressure hose looked as good as new even the twin outboards still attached ,saw it on another forum , cant find the pics now but a great test to how well built they are .
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Re the hull splitting thing - I HAVE heard of chines being damaged/lifting on AWB hulls. Not quite a hull split but maybe the source of quayside scuttlebutt...
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that was it. Snapping the bilge keel. Chinese whispers on my part. I was a little erm "under the influence" when he brought us ashore. Few too many Jura.
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I love the Mersey class boat, it just looks tough.

Such a shame its being replaced.

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I love the Mersey class boat, it just looks tough. Such a shame its being replaced. Chris
Probely the last All weather class lifeboat that could also realistically end up in private ownership , With some of the later class boats now having an expected operational hull lifespan of 50 years it could be a long time before any come onto the ex lifeboat market .
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the mersey is still a sexy boat, and is the one design that i think doesnt look dated. it will be a shame when they have gone, but hell - look what theyre replacing it with, the shannon is in another league!
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