Coastguard North Shore’s new Vessel for 2017 “North Shore Rescue”

This is John Eichelshem from Boating New Zealand magazine. This morning we’re aboard ‘North Shore Rescue’, Coastguard North Shore’s new vessel. An AMF 9.5 m purpose-built for rescue work. I’d like to introduce John Kothe who project managed this whole build, John tell us a little bit about how this build came about, and what sort of special features you asked for in this boat. Well I guess to start with we were very fortunate in going from one AMF to another AMF, because there really was a huge amount right with the previous vessel. Yes, there were some minor changes, so we had a big brainstorm with a group and got everybody’s opinion: the good the bad and the ugly from the old vessel, and made some changes which have proved to be hugely successful thus far. What sorts of things did you alter between the two boats? Well, I think the big one that stands out that people notice immediately is this boat has seats. Previously our boat was standing room with bolsters only, this came out from our group as the number one would be seats. [John E] I understand that you know pretty much everything you really liked about the other boat, and you operated it for nearly nine years, but this one has got a few little improvements I think … … one of the things you mentioned to me was there’s a bit more glass area in this in this hardtop. Yes, in the last boat if there was a criticism to do with the view sometimes we found that our shorter members had trouble seeing over the dashboard, & out of the windows. So in this one we lowered everything but retained the height, so as a result of which we’ve got all of this glass and a beautiful view everybody that gets on the boat now says “wow! look at the beautiful view!” [John E] Now, the seats are quite impressive – what’s special about these seats. What’s special about them as opposed to a lot of other vessels which have seats that are sprung or a lot of foam in them – these are purpose-built heavy duty boat seats manufactured for boats with all of the features required for boats and none of the features not required. Great, now you’ve gone with Yamaha outboards again, I understand there were Yamaha’s on the previous boat … the engines get quite a bit of work in this kind of environment. Quite correct, we do in round numbers about a thousand engine hours a year. So, on the current boat after nine odd years we’re on our fifth set of engines Yamaha’s always been very, very good to us – they’ve come to the party, warranties, price-wise – everything. We’ve always used yamaha, and quite honestly we see absolutely no reason to consider any other outboard engine. And after running this boat now for a short while at least as you’re sort of running it in, and getting your crews sort of up to speed on it … how’s your feeling? Has it been a success? Very much so the previous boat we probably took five or six weeks to commission, and get everybody trained getting up to speed with it. On this boat almost without fail people have been on it and being on it for an hour or two and said “Okay, good to go! Ready to go!” The controls are the same, we’ve try to put everything back in the same place so the transition was very, very easy. Thank you John, and I’d have to agree this this boat certainly seems to handle brilliantly it’s smooth and it’s very soft riding of course, and more importantly it’s an extremely capable vessel that’s going to be able to operate throughout the Hauraki Gulf. Every aspect of this vessel has been worked out so that the ergonomics are just perfect. They’ve used the experience that they’ve gathered from the boats that they’ve had previously, in particular the last of the AMF boats they have operated, and then have adjusted where everything is positioned from the wheel, to the throttle, to any of the switch panels. Anything at all – so that they’re within easy reach. They’ve put them where they want them rather than having to adapt to where the Builder put them, and in order to do that they actually went to the trouble to make a full-sized MDF mock-up of this boat interior, which the both builders then consulted when they were building the real thing. Every single one of the handrails on this boat has a knurled surface, so that it is easier to grip, no chance of your hands slipping off there it’s a little detail a good example of the many details on this boat that someone has thought about. The layout down below has been changed as well, the ceiling has been lowered so there’s a little less headroom in here, but what they have done this time is instead of having a seat either side there’s actually a berth here now. So, should they need to lie somebody down in a rescue situation they’ve got somewhere to do that. Tthis is obviously a very impressive vessel it’s not one that you can go to your local boat yard and buy. It benefited from a huge amount of local funding Coastguard is of course a volunteer organiaation and Coastguard North Shore hooked in the local community you’ve got right in behind the project. This is an amazing vessel, and for boaties, for us out on the water we can feel really good that a boat like this is keeping us safe, it’s going to be able to operate anywhere in the Hauraki Gulf. So, with a boat like this there are so many things to talk about. To get some of those details check out my article in the April edition of Boating New Zealand Magazine. John Eichelsheim from Boating New Zealand. Thanks for watching, if you’d like to see more of these videos – Please Subscribe to our Channel! Subtitles by BBGroup NZ