Introducing New Zealand’s newest (and only) commercial maritime training vessel. Skipper Training NZ purchased the former British lifeboat this year for its suitability delivering navigation, seamanship, and engineering training. The vessel will be used throughout the country to deliver practical training courses including Skipper Restricted Limits (CIDMO SRL) where students complete their MNZ Task Book on board with our tutors.
Equipped with full radio and navigation suites, 26 watertight compartments, fixed and portable fire pumps, and powered by twin 500hp engines. She can cruise at 18 knots and withstand rolling through 360 degrees -though we don’t plan to put our students through that exercise!
Lifeboat 52-18 served the Royal National Lifeboat Institute primarily at St Mary’s Lifeboat Station, Isles of Scilly, and was retired in 2002. She had a complete refit including of the engines the following year then brought to New Zealand where she has been maintained to the highest standards.
It’s the only Arun Class lifeboat in the country, though there is a sistership used for similar training in Brisbane.
Length:15.8m, Beam: 5.2m, Displacement: 34 tons, Engines: twin 18 litre Caterpillar 3408 turbo diesel.
For more information, contact Skipper Training NZ www.skippertraining.ac.nz or call 0800 546 970