lion314.6m long, 4.7m beam 
6.25m height to aerials,
1.3m draft
2 420hp Caterpiller Turbo
Range 300nm at 2300
240nm at 2800 Both with 10% reserve Fuel 1500L Water 350L Hot water 45L Cruise 17-25 @ 2000-
2400 rpm 100 lph
at 2300 rpm 4.5l per nm

A couple of things................

2014 On the water LION has performed another solid year of service, and despite spending several weeks on the hard over winter with some maintenance issues, she has proved yet again to be a reliable and dependable rescue vessel. Having now travelled about 80,000Nm, and over 10,000 engine hours she is a tribute to all those that worked on her design, build and maintenance.   As she retires from our fleet we say goodbye to a real ‘friend; we salute you! Her next mission is the wild waters off the West Coast of the South Island performing search and rescue for Coastguard based in Greymouth.
Lion  in her 10 years and was a very valuable rescue vessel. She undertook missions to the Bay of Islands, south towards Tauranga, beyond Gt Barrier and north to Cable Bay.

Some information about her.
* 14.6m Naiad rib – designed to our requirements * Aluminium hull and superstructure
* Twin inboard Caterpillar Turbo 420hp diesel engines * Shaft drive, Henley’s Tiger props
* 1,500 Litre fuel capacity * Enclosed flybridge for five crew
* Two-berth ambulance bay with oxygen and defib. Two types of stretcher * Two-berth forward cabin
* Saloon for overnighting and “mothership” duties with fully equipped galley and crew room * Large working cockpit and foredeck area
* Extensive electronics equipment fit * RDF, Chartplotters 2x, depthsounders 2x, genset,
* Primary and secondary radars * FLIR night vision * Onboard inflatable dinghy  *firefighting and salvage pump and equipment,
* 2 tonne crane * Great sea boat without any vices
ROSTERS (about 1 duty a month) Pager Response only when rostered Sunday 2100 - Friday 1800 (see the roster)
SATURDAY DUTY Crewed and onboard when rostered Friday 1800 - Saturday 1800
SUNDAY DUTY Crewed and onboard when rostered Saturday 1800 - Sunday 2100 (2000 in winter)
3 day weekends are normally covered by one team.
4 day weekends are normally covered by two teams.
Mid-week holidays as per roster.
1800 hours means at that time you are onboard and ready to depart MRC if circumstances dictate.
Time of completion can change if vessel is on an incident. In Lions case this may also mean going to refuel before we come back to MRC.
We thoroughly clean the boat before we finish duty.

Deck:all seamanship functions for berthing, towing etc.
Radio: all radios and keeping logs
Bridge: includes lookout, radar , nav station
Steering: you will get time on the wheel
Other duties: fire fighting, rescue, first aid and resus, deployment of the inflatable and anything else that happens on the day including ongoing training drills.
We all keep the boat clean.
Before each shift crew members are allocated a meal to cater. That means they provide the food for that meal at their own cost, prepare the meal and serve it up.
There is a full galley but we tend to do as much of the pre-cooking as we can at home. You will not be rostered to do a meal on your first trip.
Let us know if you have any food allergies or passionate dislikes.
You need to bring
A sleeping bag, a pillow and seasonal clothing.
There is a shower on the boat.
Decent boating foot ware (Crocs are banned)
Wet weather gear and PFD is provided for you.


2013 Crew Chief Report to AGM.

As I write this report, it’s 10 years to the day that LION streamed into the Hauraki Gulf and into the lives of so many of her crew.
I started my report for 2003 with:
“As this report goes to print it is with considerable pleasure I can report our ability to look over the balcony at Coastguard Operations in Auckland and see ‘LION’ sitting in her berth.
What a machine!”
And ended my report with…“I believe in ‘LION’ we have a vessel that will serve the organisation well, and will make a significant contribution to the greater safety of the Regions boaties.
We move forward with confidence and with more than a little excitement.”

I believe both statements were and remain accurate - she is a machine, she has served the Region well and she produced more than a little excitement for so many.
As LION nears the end of her SAR life in the Hauraki Gulf, we move on but acknowledge just how good she has been - a credit to NAIAD.
The vessel is one thing, but what really makes LION perform so well is the crew.
The year saw a slight reduction in the number of incidents attended, principally a result of ASB Rescue getting up to speed. However, there has been more than enough activity to keep everyone on their toes, and yet again the team have excelled.
A big thank you to all for just getting on and doing it - you have performed superbly.
I can report, that as anticipated, we are needing to spend more time, energy and money on rectifying little faults that occur with age and use (LION, not the crew). However there has been nothing to date that has caused significant grief nor put us out of action. It is a situation we are closely monitoring.
Other than that issue, all is well.
We continue to receive great support from our sponsors and again I want to especially acknowledge The Lion Foundation for their ongoing commitment in support of saving lives at sea.
As the new LION emerges from the drawing boards over the next 18 months, the future looks great, and so I end this report as I did ten years ago…

“We move forward with confidence and with more than a little excitement”.



Brooke Archbold
DRV Lion Foundation Rescue Crew Chief