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Equipment & Facility Investment

Published 14:33 on 4 Apr 2024

Over the winter months, significant investment has gone into the club's equipment and facilities, including two new ribs, a new fuel store and power and water provision around the site.

Two New Humber Ribs

With the club's two Humber Defender ribs approaching 15-year-old and significant use the time had come to replace them along with their launch trailers. These have been replaced with two new Humber Assault Pro ribs with 50hp Suzuki engines and roller trailers. It is expected that these new boats will provide an improvement in fuel economy and the new trailers should make launch and recovery significantly easier. The new ribs are currently part-way through their running-in period, so care should be taken when operating them. In order to comply with radio emissions regulations, these ribs have not had built-in radios fitted, so handhelds will need to be used.

As the new ribs are on road-worth trailers, they could be an easy target for thieves. Members are, therefore, asked to replace the hitch locks and wheel clamps every time the RIBS are used. The keys are stored on the hooks in the boatshed along with the engine keys.

Outboard Store - Fuel Locker

A new fuel storage locker has been installed outside the outboard store. The key is hanging just inside the outboard store on your left. This is to comply with safety regulations and remove fuel from the outboard store (apart from what is stored in an internal fuel tank). If you have fuel stored within the outboard store please move this to the new locker as soon as possible. Please also ensure that you lock the store and return the key after each use.

Power & Water Installation

The testing of the new external electrics has now been completed after four Saturdays of installation. A huge thanks must go to Stephen Reid for giving his time to do this. There are still some bits and pieces to sort out, but as it stands at the moment, the keelboat park is complete and live, and the points along to the harbour are complete, apart from the one at the harbour where we have a faulty cable to sort. The leg along to the harbour is currently switched off but could be made live if it is required.

The old keelboat park points are still live but will be isolated over the next few weeks, and the new system will be linked to the boat sheds at some point soon.

The water connections should go live over the next few weeks.

Important Note: The new 16 Amp sockets are to the latest spec and have mechanical interlocks to ensure the power is turned off before plugging in or unplugging. These seem reasonably robust but could be damaged by trying to plug in or unplug with the power switch in the on position.

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