The Board are delighted to announce to all members that we have been successful in securing £10000 of matched funding from the Muir Dean Environmental Fund to replace two of our safety boats.
The team were working with available capital budget in 2012/13 to replace the tiller steer RIB’s used for primarily for coaching, but also as safety cover. This was due to one of these craft being condemned and the other very much nearing the end of it’s life. With this funding coming through for console steer RIB’s, we were able to revise our plans and buy two console steer and two tiller steer RIB’s, at a discounted rate due to buying four boats at once. This is great news, as it has been a long term ambition to replace all our safety craft and then plan for a rolling refresh of all boats and engines every six years. Doing this, we are able to sell old boats at a reasonable price in order to keep the price bridge to new replacements down and we benefit from reliability and manufacturer warranties. This is also very much in line with what other RYA Training centres do round safety and coaching boats.
The good news for the club funds is the cost to the club from our capital funding is less than 50% of the total cost of all four boats. We have been able to this via –
- Funding from Muir Dean
- A share of the profit from this years Beer Festival
- A further grant we expect to receive from Bells Nautical Trust
- And the sale of the three remaining RIB’s and engines we are replacing
- Also ordering in September has meant we have been able to split the cost to the club over two financial years – the remainder of the 2012/13 budget, plus a top up from the 2013/14 budget
For the club operation generally, this is brilliant news because we will –
- Have a far more reliable fleet of safety boats to cover racing and training
- The overhead of repairs on our volunteers who look after our craft will be less
- The cost of repairing aged equipment on an ongoing basis will drop – it has been circu £2500 for the last two years in spite of our volunteers tireless efforts, on top of the annual maintenance bills
- The club and it’s members will not be exposed in any way with regards to us using members boats who graciously donated temporary use to help us when we were short of safety cover
- And of course, future Board members can plan a rolling refresh.
After the Board gave funding approval to proceed, the decision on the boats to purchase was taken after obtaining comparable quotes and bringing together six people from the club to review and agree. Three were board members and three were non board members. These members reviewed and decide on the best package for the club, both from an operational and value for money point of view. We also took input from a seventh non board member as we finalised on various configuration options.
Good news I am sure you will all agree and another step forward in our efforts to regenerate sailing membership and participation levels at our club.
Our New safety boat fleet breakdown –
|Safety 1||5m Humber RIB – Centre console with a 50hp Yamaha 4 stoke outboard engine|
|Safety 2||5m Humber RIB – Centre console with a 50hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engine|
|Safety 3||4.6m XS460 RIB – Centre console with a 40hp Mercury 4 stroke outboard engine|
|Safety 4||4.6m XS460 RIB – Centre console with a 40hp Mercury 4 stroke outboard engine|
|Coach 1||3.6m XS360 RIB – Tiller drive with a 15hp Mercury 4 stroke outboard engine|
|Coach 2||3.6m XS360 RIB – Tiller drive with a 15hp Mercury 4 stroke outboard engine|
|Nova||4m Displacement craft with 8hp Volvo Penta Diesel Inboard engine|