We own and run a variety of well specified high quality craft. We ensure they carry all of the relevant safety kit, have suitable electronics on board and are kept in really good condition.
Craft used on Powerboat courses
Ribcraft 7.8m ~ ‘Harrier’ – based in Poole Harrier joined us a few years ago to replace Bibs our 7.5m Scorpion. She is fitted with a Garmin chartplotter and dual VHFs – an Icom M603 and a M505. Harrier is used on most Level 2 courses and almost all Advanced, Intermediate and Instructor courses. In addition to Cat 3 for commercial work Harrier is licenced to carry up to 10 passengers up to 20 miles from a safe haven. In addition to her work as a training boat she is seen here with Paul at the helm at the London 2012 Olympics where she was the lead boat for the BBC (where Paul and Harrier were contracted to Solent RIB Charter). During the event double Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson broadcasted live from the bow of Harrier to the world commenting on the sailing events. The majority of Gold and Silver medal interviews were then conducted with Harrier alongside the winning crew. Harrier is powered by a 250Hp Suzuki outboard outboard which was fitted new in early 2016. Visit the Ribcraft website to read about the 7.8m – here
Ribcraft 6.8m ~ ‘Mistral’ – based in Poole Mistral joined the fleet at the start of 2013 to replace our much loved Avon – Nova. Like Harrier, Mistral was at the Olympics but as Police Boat so was fully decked out with Police livery and blue lights. For us she represents a great step up from Nova giving us two great boats that we can run on all of the courses we run as Nova was unsuitable for the Intermediate and Advanced Courses. She is a great sea boat and is dry and very stable. For those that know Ribcraft you will know they are great boats – so much so that they were the boat of choice at London 2012. Mistral is fitted with Garmin and Icom electronics and a Suzuki 175Hp 4 stroke. Visit the Ribcraft website to read about the 6.8m – here See more photos of Mistral – here
Ribcraft 7.8m ~ ‘Hunter – based in Lymington Hunter joined the fleet at the start of 2014 to be our boat for our sister company in Lymington – Aquasafe. Like Harrier and Mistral, Hunter was also at the Olympics and worked as a Media boat taking the world’s press out to the sailing courses in Weymouth to get video and still images. Fitted with a Yamaha 225Hp 4 stroke engine and Garmin and Icom electronics she is a perfect teaching boat for all of the courses we run in the Solent.
Even more RIBs!! Because of our relationship with Solent RIB Charter (here) we have access to a fleet of 22 6.8 to 10m Ribs. This gives us unparalleled access to additional craft so that for commercial users we are able to teach an almost unlimited number of students at any time.
RNLI D Class + RNLI Y Class ex-Lifeboats Just under 5m long and powered by a 2 stroke Mariner 40Hp this is a hugely capable craft. We use the D and Y class boats for specialist training and for those that want/need training on tiller controlled craft. The D Class went into service in 1996 as D496, the Leonard Stedman at Hayling Island. It was replaced in 2005 and then formed part of the relief fleet before we acquired it.
Logic Marine 170CC ~ ‘Poole Boat Hire Boats’ Occasionally we need extra boats for training and the fleet of Logics run by Poole Boat Hire (now a separate company but previously part of Powerboat Training UK) are a great alternative to the RIBs. We tend to use them only for children’s courses and instructors courses – the way they can be a bit of a handful in the wind keeps the potential instructors on their toes!!
Craft used on Motor Cruising courses
Botnia Targa ~ ”Top Hat’ – based in Poole & Lymington Another awesome boat! Top Hat is a Botnia Targa 30 fitted with twin Volvo KAD 44s pushing out 260Hp per engine. With onboard EDC controls (‘fly by wire’) it is a joy to handle. Targa’s have a great reputation, are Finnish and are widely used around the world as Police and commercial craft. For more information visit the Targa website – www.targa.fi
Other boats We have access to a number of other Motor Cruisers that we charter in for training as required. All of these are certified for RYA training and include: Rodman 11m twin shaft; Rodman 13m with twin IPS drives; Nimbus 12m with twin shafts; Sealine 42ft with twin shafts; Princess 20m with twin shafts If you have a motor cruiser that you may consider for training we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your craft with you.
Craft used on Personal Watercraft courses
Seadoo GTX255 – based in Poole We added this Seadoo during 2011 and it has proven a great addition to the fleet and is used on both the one day PW Course and the PW Instructor course.
Other personal watercraft/’jetskis’ For larger courses we have access to a variety of Yamaha and Seadoo PWs.