LION Foundation Rescue (LFR) is a 15m high speed foil assisted catamaran which went into service in early 2015.

A comprehensive review of the over one thousand incidents the previous LION conducted was undertaken, reviewing required task verses appropriate vessel size. This review identified that in order to conduct the full range of missions and tasks she is required to perform, there is no particular need for any increase in hull length. Indeed, an increase in length could prove to be a disadvantage when barging large boats in tight marinas
The contract to build went to Q-West Boat Builders in Wanganui. This is the company that built Deodar III and the Pine Harbour Ferry. Pine Harbour were of great assistance, not only with advice but also making a CLIPPER available for testing.
Leader of the build team was Brooke Archbold MNZM shown at right with his wife Jean and the Patron of Auckland Coastguard Kevin O'Sullivan at the presentation of the dedication plaque..

Lion Foundation Rescue Crew Chief Graeme Ogg

LION Foundation Rescue (LFR) is a high speed foil assisted catamaran designed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design Auckland, New Zealand.
Manufacturer / Owner The vessel was manufactured in Wanganui New Zealand by Q-West Boat Builders for the owner, Auckland Coastguard Incorporated.  
LFR is an aluminium, live aboard, multi SAR mission capable vessel, designed to operate in the greater Hauraki Gulf out of its base at the Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay, Auckland. ]
She is surveyed as a passenger vessel capable of carrying 20 passengers. The vessel is not to be used for commercial towing.
Area of Operation is surveyed to operate as a Non-Passenger/Passenger vessel in all enclosed and Inshore waters between North Cape and East Cape, and as a Non-Passenger vessel in all Coastal waters between North Cape and East Cape.
This vessel may also voyage outside the above limits in emergency rescue situations only, and must remain within VHF radio coverage.  Design Standard LFR structural design was guided by Lloyds Register Rules and Regulations for Special Service Craft, Passenger, G3 service group.
Design Conditions For purposes of structural design the worst intended design coniditions were 6 m significant wave height.
Speed Profile The wave height vs speed operational profile is based on:
Vessel Specifications
Length -  Hull 13.95 m Length - Overall 15.15 m Beam - Hull 5.30 m Beam - Overall 6.32 m
Displacement - Light 22 Tons  Displacement - Full 25 Tons
Towing Capacity Equal to the thrust of the waterjets
Draft 0.85 m Air Draft 7.50 m
Engines 2 x Scania Dl 13 077M Rating 2 x 551 kW at 2300 rpm Propulsion 2 x Hamilton HJ364 waterjets Transmission 2 x ZF 360 gearbox at 1.045:1 ratio
Fuel Diesel Fuel Capacity 2 x 1250 ltrs Fresh Water Capacity 400 ltrs
Minimum Crewing 1 Standard Crewing 4 Maximum Crewing 8 Berths 6 Passenger capacity 20 passengers NZ Enclosed/Restricted Inshore Limits


We will bring you up to date with the new boat as we get familiar with her. One aspect you may not take in on first seeing the boat is the 'garage' for the Panther Jet Boat which is rescessed into the stern.