Rayglass Protector 18.4m long, 8m beam, 26000 kg,
6.25m height waterline to aerials, 1.3m draft
2x 370hp Yanmar Turbo Diesel engines.
Range 600nm at 2300rpm, 440nm at 2800rpm Both with 10% reserve
Fuel 2x1250 litre tanks, Water 350 litres
Cruise 12-14 @ 2000-2300 rpm At 2300 rpm fuel consumption 6.0L per nm
Genset power auxiliary.
A remarkable vessel and very light on her feet. You steer this baby with your fingertips and stroke the wheel. Grab the wheel and you might end up going way further off course than you might wish.
Complement: Master, Boat Chief SAR Senior and five Senior or Operational Crew and Trainees.
Left: ASB Rescue Crew Chief Joanne Norgrove. Not the first woman to be a Crew Chief in Auckland Coastguard but certainly the first who is a Master.
Below right: ASB underway in the Hauraki Gulf on a long tow job.
ASB Rescue the pathway............
ASB Rescue was built by Rayglass to a Bob Salthouse design as the tender for Emirates Team New Zealand at the Americas Cup Challenge in Barcelona.
The mould for the hull came from Skeggs Fisheries in Dunedin and it is thought that ASB Rescue has two sister ships out there somewhere. Well in terms of the hull, one for Alinghi and one returned to Skeggs. We have seen that one fitted out for private fishing and diving come for sale now and again.... the Alinghi one, who knows.
On return to New Zealand the vessel was offered to Auckland Coastguard. The purchase was made with considerable assistance from ASB Bank and the LION Foundation.
A Crew Chief was elected and the successful candidate Steven Ford commenced the alterations needed to convert her into a Dedicated Rescue Vessel.
She arrived at Auckland Coastguard Operations shortly after 1600 on the 7th June 2008.
From what was essentially an open sail carrier with a flying bridge and office for the Emirates TNZ, ASB RESCUE needed crew cabins, galley, crew dining area, radar and chartplotter updates, a launching ramp and stern gate for a daughter boat and electrical upgrades.
You have to remember she was designed for daytime use, tow the Cup yachts out to the course, observe the race and go home. A live aboard vessel to sustain a crew of seven over a 48 hour plus duty required a very different fit out. So there was a period of extensive refitting, surveys, testing, a hand-over and commissioning. It was hard work and on one memorable night we ended up going to a distress using the old fashioned chart and pencil with an iPhone as the only electronics.
Over the years since the upgrades have been continuous working within budget to get the vessel truly 'fit for purpose'. That is a reflection of the high standards Coastguard has rather than a criticism of the original boat. Volunteers on the job have come up with many ways of improving the asset. There have also been improvements in the electronics technology coming onto the market.
One of the biggest tasks was the refitting of the bridge to On Scene Command status (picture above) and fitting a genset to cope with crew needs and keep batteries charged so that the electronics were always 'operational'.
CueSports Rescue One a 3.8m Wavebreak RIB from GP Engineering in Nelson. 90hp Mercury Sport Jet and is carried aboard as ASB's tender and shallow water rescue vessel.
She was sponsored by CueSports and retains that name even though that organisation is now known as Pegasus Sports Foundation.
It is also possible to set the stretcher up athwartships. What is harder to get is a willing volunteer prepared to be the victim while still concious. But that is what we do so somebody always sticks their hand up.