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Old 16 January 2014, 08:19   #11
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There are some great vids on that link.

This one is superb:

If I lived by the sea I'd be motivated to help out. Not much call for it where I live at the moment.
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Old 16 January 2014, 08:56   #12
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There are some great vids on that link. This one is superb: If I lived by the sea I'd be motivated to help out. Not much call for it where I live at the moment.
Umm, just keep the donations up, I don't think they really need anybody to help out
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Old 16 January 2014, 10:12   #13
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Umm, just keep the donations up, I don't think they really need anybody to help out
Especially from people who think water should be inside instead of outside boats ;-)
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Yup, fair point - they would only end up rescuing me.
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Yup, fair point - they would only end up rescuing me.
Do the RNLI need the Jayhawk Helicopters one wonders?

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If I lived by the sea I'd be motivated to help out. Not much call for it where I live at the moment.
Why not get involved or help out at your local RNLI fundraising branch most city's & towns have one as the old saying " the rescue first starts with the money in the collection box " even just giving a few hours a year & its not only fundraising or bucket holding on collection days theres many skills that people can offer the institution even inland , i live 70 miles from the sea but the branch that i am chairman of has raised money to fund 11 lifeboats over the past 150 years , last an Atlantic 75 , last year we were tasked to fund 8 lifejackets for Flamborough station among other things such as crew training /flood rescue equipment , I also volunteer doing the education & safety talks to groups , we even have available a D class publicity boat that can be used at various events from display to carnival floats to lifeboat pulls . A few of Pics from some of the events last year .office bike ride , police station open day , flag day & we had support from the local diving / subaqua club .
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Do the RNLI need the Jayhawk Helicopters one wonders?

They still use lifeboats here at our local fire department level. They are generally the folks bringing in swimmers and such.

300 miles off Virginia, that is exclusively helo territory, ditto 99% of Alaskan waters. The distances are just too great. Unfortunately the Jayhawks are $17 million US each. The Dolphin, with a 150 mile range (vs 300 miles for a Jayhawk) is still $3.2 million US each. That doesn't even count training and annual operational costs.

You gotta seize a lot of drugs on the non-rescue days to justify those kinds of costs (well justify to some people at least)
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This one is superb:
Indeed, really enjoyed that thanks for finding it.
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Yup, fair point - they would only end up rescuing me.
Don't feel so bad about all the flak you are taking, you could fill that boat completely with water until it poured over the top of the tubes and you could still use it
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Don't feel so bad about all the flak you are taking, you could fill that boat completely with water until it poured over the top of the tubes and you could still use it
Don't laugh, I have done this with 4 divers and 8 cylinders aboard a 15.5ft RIB. Still floated, still ran.

I did get some water in the fuel through the vented cap. I added an elephant trunk shortly thereafter.
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