In a search and rescue boat, seaworthiness is key, closely followed by speed. With this in mind, we were really pleased to receive two brand-new 250 HP engines gifted by Honda in late 2017 and retired the older pair of 225 HP Yamaha engines we had on T-SAR 2. Besides being able to add a precious few knots more to our top speed, the new engines were somewhat more environmentally friendly – always a good consideration too. Alas, updating key platforms is never a simple matter of ‘plug and play’ – no matter what we wish. The installation of the new engines only seemed deceptively easy. In early 2018, we took part in three rescues, two on the same day! We also took part in a major training drill and then things sort of... well, our operations sputtered to a halt.
While the boat’s relationship with her new motors had to be ironed out, we had new electronics and other systems to iron out too. The overhaul of T-SAR 2 meant something of a lost summer and our vessel had no more achievements to her name by the point when it was necessary to stand down at the end of the boating season.
However, we are eager to report that all seems tickety-boo at the moment. Our vessel is yare one once more (er, ‘yare’ denotes ready, responsive, eager, as an adjective pertaining to boats and ships… dammit, it’s in Shakespeare!). ‘Yare’ doesn’t strictly pertain to people, but our volunteers seem ready, responsive, and eager too. We’ll be out on the water in 2019!
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