The six month wait for this “new generation” 7.3 RHIB was well worth it. The Crew of Station Six were taken aback by the level of thought and attention to detail that went into the new layout. ” We even found a bottle of Champagne in bubble wrap,” says Ian Gray.
Already the vessel has shown her mettle – whilst running in the 150hp Yamaha counter rotating motors, in a 35 knot gale (we start where we aim to carry on) the crew came across a paddler that had come off her ski and was in dire need of assistance. Two further paddlers were rescued, before they were blown out into the middle of the bay and taken ashore, followed by a 45 minute search before it was confirmed that all the competitors were accounted for.
Eikos Rescuer IV’s improved crew protection and all round performance, coupled with her 150+ nautical mile total range, make her a far superior craft to the much loved Eikos Rescuer III she replaced.
Will she make a difference to boating safety in Algoa Bay? You betcha, just watch this space!