Posted by JD Yachts | 21st March 2018
Helly Hansen, the global technical sailing brand founded in Norway in 1877, has committed to supporting the RNLI for the next five years through a variety of life-saving activities. These include delivering drowning prevention messages to their customers, generating income, supporting fundraising and safety campaigns, product innovation and supplying the very best kit to the RNLI’s lifesavers.
Combining almost 350 years of rich heritage, innovation and expertise at sea, the RNLI and Helly Hansen share core brand values, history and experience – making this the perfect partnership for both organisations.
Supplying the RNLI with new all-weather lifeboat crew kit, Helly Hansen has worked with the lifesaving charity to ensure the professional-grade gear will meet the demanding needs of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews. The new clothing is due to go on service from September 2018.
RNLI Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, said: ‘We are delighted to announce this partnership with Helly Hansen, a highly respected and trusted global technical apparel brand. Through this new alliance, we’ll be able to reach even more people with our vital safety messages, with Helly Hansen committed to helping us achieve our ambition of reducing drowning.
‘Helly Hansen will provide our lifesavers with the very best kit to wear when they’re saving lives at sea. Our new all-weather lifeboat kit is due to start going on service from September and our beach lifeguards will receive their new kit next year.
‘In addition to sharing our drowning prevention advice and supplying lifesaving kit, Helly Hansen has pledged to generate income, fundraise for us, provide us with preferential financial terms and make a very generous gift in kind donation, to which we are extremely grateful.’
Paul Stoneham, Chief Executive Officer, Helly Hansen, said: ‘As a brand that defines itself through its work with professionals for over 140 years, Helly Hansen has a tremendous amount of respect for the RNLI’s mission, heritage and the individuals that have built and continue to sustain this critical institution.
‘We are both proud and humbled by the serious nature of supporting those who willingly help others in their time of need, and we are motivated by the shared ambition of broadening water safety awareness and the reduction of drownings. We look forward to our work together and the continued development of a long-term partnership that we can all be proud of.’
Designed to allow greater freedom of movement, the new all-weather lifeboat kit provides better endurance levels and comfort for the charity’s crew members.
Waterproof, breathable and considerably lighter than the kit it will replace, the technical layering system will ensure crew members will keep warm and dry when they’re out saving lives in all conditions. The kit comes in a wide range of sizes, with versions tailored to fit male and female crew members.
Alice Higgins, volunteer at Weymouth Lifeboat Station, was one of 60 crew members from six lifeboat stations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland who trialled the new Helly Hansen gear. She said: ‘The new all-weather lifeboat kit is absolutely fantastic. It’s much lighter than the old kit and uses breathable fabric, which is ideal for the more demanding tasks we often need to carry out. While trialling the kit it was great to find out that it kept you both warm and dry, even while out at sea in some harsh conditions.
‘The new kit has a version tailored for female crew members. This ensures the clothing fits better and is comfortable to wear, which is important as we can be out on a shout for hours at a time searching for casualties.’
The new kit will be rolled out to all RNLI stations with an all-weather lifeboat, as well as two stations on the Thames (Tower and Chiswick lifeboat stations). The new lifesaving gear was judged to better meet the unique challenges crew at these stations face.
As well as the new all-weather lifeboat crew gear and the lifeguard kit, Helly Hansen will also supply corporate clothing and uniforms for RNLI staff.
RNLI original article
Posted by JD Yachts | 13th March 2018
There was great excitement last week for the volunteers at Poole Lifeboat station as the new floating boat house arrived by water!
All equipment in position for the launch of the boathouse On The Wing UAV Ltd
The new build was lifted into the channel, between the bridges from the Old Power station site where during the past six months or so it has been under construction built by the Weymouth based Sawtell Construction Ltd.
As people have commuted over the Twin sails bridge or passed by on a vessel along the channel they will have seen the building in two halves emerge over the winter during the assembly.
On March 6 the boat house was craned into the water for a float test, and then floated down between the quays, guided expertly by Jenkins Marine, through the 1.30pm bridge and alongside outside the lifeboat station ready for the next phase, of putting it into position , which will be some time on Wednesday (March 7). It is envisaged that work will continue on the building for another few weeks before the lifeboats are moved in to their new home.
The building designed by ECA Architecture and Planning will nestle alongside the Old lifting bridge, ECA architects were keen not to make the boathouse like the standard industrial sheds, the angled roof is designed to provide views into the building by lifting the corners, so when people walk over the bridge they will be enticed to catch a glimpse of the interior. The design is sensitive to the location, in the conservation area next to the Old lifting bridge, it will be a part of a busy quay scene, built as two bays, the crews are looking forward to being able to launch and recover safely and efficiently.
The boats will be kept just out of the water on a cradle, ready to launch 24/7, the boathouse will offer protection from the elements, giving our lifeboats a bit of TLC, protecting the equipment and hopefully cutting down on maintenance like ‘bottom scrubs’ and it will help to extend the boats lifesaving capability.
When bringing casualties back to the station, the crew will be able to do so discreetly, the transfers will be sheltered and more comfortable for the casualties. It will also be a safer work environment for our mechanics, for them to carry out the essential routine weekly, fortnightly, monthly and 6 monthly maintenance checks; there will be more room to securely store equipment and spares, which will be easier to access.
In time there will be an opportunity to welcome visitors to the station and to view the lifeboat house, to give an insight and share the lifesaving work that we do.
Poole lifeboat volunteer helmsman Jonathan Clark said; ‘Both operational lifeboats have been on a floating pontoon alongside the quay for the past 18 months and at times this has been a challenge. To see them in their new abode will be a new chapter in the stations history, and the new lifeboat house will vastly improve the efficiency of our search and rescue service here at Poole lifeboat station.’
The new boathouse about to hit the water Credit: RNLI/Dave Riley
The first half being towed through into position – On The Wing UAV Ltd
The boathouse being towed through Poole Bridge Credit: RNLI/Dave Riley.
The first half almost in its final position outside Poole Lifeboat Station Credit: On The Wing UAV Ltd
Outside Poole Lifeboat Station with volunteers looking on Credit: RNLI/Dave Riley
For more information please telephone Anne-Marie Clark, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07887 855073 – or Dave Riley, National Media Officer on 07795 015042 – or contact RNLI Newsdesk on 01202 336789
This story is from the RNLI.
Tags: rnli, poole
Posted by JD Yachts | 7th March 2018
The boat was delivered by our skipper and the new owner to Rotterdamn after a successful 2 day trip from Weymouth, where she was lifted ashore to be prepared for the season.
We'd like to wish them a fantastic time aboard their Sealine T50!
Posted by JD Yachts | 7th March 2018
On the way to Weymouth off the Isle of Wight.
Arrived safely in Weymouth, where she will be fitted with new KVH TracVision, Heating, Covers and an Ice Maker before delivery to her new owner in Germany.
Posted by JD Yachts | 1st March 2018
Italian shipyard CRN has launched their newest superyacht, the 50m Latona.
Inspired by the historic Superconero yacht, built by CRN in the 60s, Latona was created by CRN's Engineering and Interiors & Design departments with Zuccon International Project.
Built in steel and aluminium, the 50m length, 8.60m beam and five wide decks yacht is all sleek lines and boasts a slender bow with spacious interiors.
With the balcony used for cruising and a large terrace overlooking the sea, the area is open and can be enjoyed when the yacht is moored. The owner and guests can also enjoy constant sea view thanks to the yacht’s extensive windows.


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