Our Ribcraft 7.8m, Seamotion, is powered by a Volvo Penta 170hp inboard diesel engine, and driven by a Volvo Penta Duoprop Outdrive. It is serviced every winter by our friends at Cam Marine, who are professional marine engineers and ensure the boat is in top condition all the time.
The boat is put on the water at the start of April each year and taken out in October, and during this period is used extensively for powerboat courses, some skippered charter and taster sessions when available.
To be able to take passengers, the boat is required to be ‘coded’ by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency). We have achieved coding to allow the boat to be used up to 20 nautical miles from a safe haven during the day (Category 4) and 10 nautical miles from a safe haven at night (Category 3 restricted). To achieve coding we have to meet stringent safety and professional standards and we get regularly inspected by an MCA surveyor to ensure we maintain this standard. Specific safety equipment is externally inspected each year according to MCA guidance.
Equipment installed on the boat includes 2 VHF radios, Chartplotter, navigation lights, Main and secondary anchors, Auxiliary engine (15hp outboard)
Safety equipment we carry includes the following (and some smaller items not mentioned!):
Liferaft, Lifejackets for all (+2 spare), Thermal Protective Aids, , Fire extinguishers (1 automatic one in engine compartment and 2 in main seating area), Flares, First aid kits, Searchlight, Emergency ladder, Throwline, Auxiliary engine, Tool kit and spares, Operating documents (including charts, tide tables, licenses etc).
We are also inspected by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) every year as part of our RYA Recognised Training Centre status. They inspect the equipment as above, but also our procedures and documentation on running courses.