Originally Posted by Tiffy
Club Rescue Ribs , if you have £150K the 9.5 M Aluminium Ocean
Dynamic 400 HP Iveco Diesel ,Hamilton Water Jet. Wil llast for ever.
Tiffy, whilst quite possibly well suited to the work you do - I don't think this is a good rescue craft for an average sailing club for the following reasons:
- too big to manouvre easily amongst a fleet of small dinghies who are actively racing/learning. In a true rescue irrelevant, but for routine safety/coaching etc you would end up being further out of the action so as not to get in the way. And quite intimidating for a youngster in a topper or oppi as a boat 4x the size come alongside.
- 400 HP, even with a diesel is going to cost about 3x what a club should be spending on fuel (as has already been pointed out club drivers have no regard for fuel ecconomy).
- Jet - will require additional training for most drivers.
- Might last "forever" but tubes and engine will still require maintainence - so even if a club had that sort of budget (unlikely) they would be better splitting across multiple craft so there is redundancy.
If not our smaller Humber 5.2 Ocean Pro with 150HP extra longshaft.
Personally I would say that is overpowered for club rescue work. 90HP is probably adequate on 5m boat, and will be cheaper to buy and run.