“Once you have sai­led in one of the­se ves­sels, you will never want to return to the pre­vious designs … They are espe­ci­al­ly sui­ted to manoeu­vring in brea­king water, ground seas and hea­vy surf are no lon­ger as drea­ded as they were!”.  “For instan­ce, if you have to get to a yacht that is aground amid brea­king seas, you go in as clo­se as you can, turn head-on to the surf, and then drop astern until you can get the tow across.  Then it is just a ques­ti­on of put­ting on the power and towing the ves­sel out into safer waters”.

In a tra­di­ti­o­nal life­boat, this was just not pos­si­ble – you would get tur­ned and twi­sted at eve­ry wave” Fur­ther­mo­re, the jets allow you get more and safer power: recent­ly we had to reach a wooden sai­ling ves­sel trap­ped among a brea­king ground sea.  But with care­ful hand­ling of the buc­kets, we rea­ched her at about 10 knots.  To do this we would appro­ach the brea­kers head on and take the high ones by pus­hing the bow into the brea­king water as it hit!  By alte­ring the thrust on the twin buc­kets one can keep the boat in balan­ce, and going for­ward – of cour­se in the dark it is a litt­le more dif­fi­cult and we have been knock­ed all over the pla­ce as well; but she always reco­vers and allows us to car­ry out our tasks.

But the­se ves­sels also allow you to run befo­re a fol­lo­wing sea – they are after all very fast and manoeu­vra­ble.  Their manoeu­vra­bi­li­ty also always allows one to get a tow across and the power of the boats then ena­bles one to tow big or small, vic­tims to safety”.