In Janu­a­ry 2012 I went to the Nether­lands for the refit pro­cess of our Valen­ti­ne class boat, achie­ved as the “NOMAD”. It was built for the trans­port of per­sons and not direct­ly as a res­cue boat. It was my first intro­duc­ti­on with Hab­be­ke Shi­py­ard in Volen­dam and also with Clo­sed Valen­ti­ne model, unli­ke the “nor­mal” Valen­ti­ne which have an open wheelhouse.
After the refit, I have sai­led seve­r­al times to learn about the pos­si­bi­li­ties of a ship powe­red by water jets. I had some expe­rien­ce in Cur­acao with Antje, the old life­boat from Kat­wijk, but this was a bre­ath of fresh air com­pa­red to the Antje whe­re you bare­ly had a rever­se and who flew off the water when turning at full speed PS or SB, the Nomad just keeps stic­king to the water wit­hout brea­king out. After the neces­sa­ry adjust­ments, towing bol­lards, more Ull­man seats, NOMAD was ship­ped to the island whe­re she arri­ved on the Lady Clau­dia on April 12.
From the arri­val of the ship is the “Dick Braak­man”, rena­med in honor of the for­mer ope­ra­ti­ons coo­r­di­na­tor of the CITRO. In Cur­acao we have the same kind of waves that is com­pa­ra­ble to wind for­ce 8 on the IJs­sel­la­ke, so very nasty short waves no pro­blem for the boat but the crew should aban­don pro­per­ly. In 2 years I have sai­led almost all acti­ons as skip­per, and must say the boat will never let you down, you can do eve­ry­thing with it what you want. Here our main­ly jobs is the sal­va­ge of fis­hing boats and yachts, Vene­zu­e­lan flo­a­ting mar­ket, gui­ding sai­ling regat­tas, get­ting peo­p­le out of the water, (with the stern plat­form for res­cue­wor­kit is easy to get a per­son out of the water) ., medi­cal eva­cu­a­ti­on mer­chant ships, etc., the waves are never hig­her than 3 m here only in a short time, so annoying. Due the speed of our ves­sel, our acti­ons never last much lon­ger than three hours. Towing boats on the towing bol­lards goes smoot­h­ly with the amount of hor­se­po­wer of the vessel.