What would Europe’s largest breakdown and recovery service for recreational boating to provide assistance in non-life-threatening situations be without the appropriate, professionally equipped rescue boats? To meet the growing need for modern response boats, the SeaHelp fleet received two additions in June 2022. Quick check of the two new 400-horsepower, 28-foot-long lifeboats from Axopar.
SeaHelp rescue boats, also known as the “yellow angels on the water”. are not only up to 48 knots (just under 90 km/h) fast, but on top of that also pure “pack mules”: salvage balloons, pumps, additional life jackets, equipment for divers, jump-start box and all sorts of other utensils that are particularly useful for rapid assistance at sea are on board in the large back boxes.
But SeaHelp does not only attach great importance to the quality of the hull, also the equipment of the rescue boats has to be of top quality and extremely reliable. For example, sufficient safety life jackets for up to 12 people are on board for passenger transport, and diving operations up to 25 meters are possible thanks to special diving equipment carried on board.
By means of powerful suction pumps and air bags, leaky boats can be kept afloat.In addition, the equipment of each SeaHelp rescue boat includes a 2 KW power generator as well as standard spare parts such as V-belts, impellers or thermostats for the most common engine manufacturers such as Volvo Penta, Yanmar, MAN, Yamaha or Caterpillar.
The new operational boats from the Axopar range have been stationed in Pula and on the island of Rab
No less than two of SeaHelp’s fast, robust, yellow-painted response boats were added this season. “In order to be able to cover also our new bases in Pula and on the island Rab with professional operation boats, we had ordered two further boats of the proven and several times distinguished Axopar 28 series”, says SeaHelp managing director Wolfgang Dauser.
This would significantly reduce waiting times for SeaHelp members when calling for help in these regions.
On May 31, 2022, the second of the two new Axopar 28 Cabin boats was personally taken over by managing director Wolfgang Dauser in Traben-Trarbach in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich, Rhineland-Palatinate; the takeover of the first boat already took place three weeks earlier on May 5, 2022.
On the occasion of the test drive and the takeover of the boat, SeaHelp managing director Wolfgang Dauser answered the questions of Patric Polch, managing director of Boote Polch and Axopar dealer for the German-speaking region, in a video lasting about twenty minutes. Where? – Of course in a relaxed atmosphere on the inviting, spacious bow outside area of the new multi-purpose boat already branded in the typical SeaHelp colors and logo on the beautiful Moselle River.
In addition to questions about SeaHelp and the benefits of being a membership in Europe’s largest breakdown service, the two boating professionals took the opportunity to take a closer look at the new rescue boat, whose basis is the 28-foot (9.18-meter) long and up to 2.95-meter wide multi-purpose sports cruiser Axopar 28 from the Finnish shipyard of the same name is.
The multifunctional boat has excellent seaworthiness even in rough seas
Also popular with recreational boaters in the private sector, the 28-foot (9.18-meter) long and up to 2.95-meter wide multipurpose sports cruiser Axopar 28 from the Finnish shipyard of the same name is a multifunctional boat with a modern, dynamic style combined with an agile and fuel-efficient hull that boasts excellent seaworthiness even in rough seas.
Versatile and easy to handle, the walkaround cruiser offers plenty of space for all the needs of an operational boat with rescue tasks thanks to its spacious configuration, and the walkable deck layout guarantees safe freedom of movement and a functional platform.
Conversion, equipment, testing and certification of the 400 hp boats took place at the Punat operations center
In addition, the two-level hull with low center of gravity and deep V configuration ensures good directional stability and grip during turns, important especially when waves and wind make navigation difficult.
The boat, which is almost ten meters long, has an enclosed cabin – important for the rescue team to be able to work well protected and concentrated during longer rescue operations even in extreme heat, cold, rain or storm.
SeaHelp is the only company in Croatia that is allowed to tow private boats commercially
After a rebuild of the boats and equipment there for their future rescue and assistance mission, the stability test for commercial towing operations then followed; Sea-Help is the only company in Croatia that has this certification and is allowed to tow private boats commercially, they said.
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Equipped with two 200-horsepower outboards each, the new response boats, like their sister boats, also received complete navigation equipment from Raymarine, including autopilot, plotter, radar, BiData and a weather station, as well as a tracking system to coordinate operations.
The special searchlight system with more than 60,000 lumens of light output was supplied by Hella-Marine, ensuring full operational readiness even in the dark.