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. Our RIBs are small enough to be easily handled by those new to powerboating but large enough to give a challenge and be reflective of what it is like to handle a larger craft.
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. Visit the Ribcraft website to read about the 7.8m – here
Ribcraft 6.8m ~ ‘Mistral’ – based in Poole Mistral joined the fleet 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 gives us two great boats that we can run on all of the courses we run. 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 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 ex-Lifeboat Just under 5m long and powered by a 2 stroke Mariner 40Hp this is a hugely capable craft. We use the D class boat 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.
Craft used on Motor Cruising courses
Rodman 1250 ~ ”True Blue’ – based in Poole & Lymington Another awesome boat! True Blue is a Rodman 1250 fitted with twin 430Hp Volvo engines. It has twin shafts and is a lovely boat to handle.True Blue is fitted with a host of electronics including twin radars, twin VHFs, autopilot, AIS and even a GPS based compass – a very clever bit of kit!
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 have access to both Seadoos and Yamahas for our PW training, for larger courses we can hire in pretty much as many as we need.