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Fire and Emergency
Sea Rescue Group,
Kirby Marine Fabrication,
Naiad Design, New Zealand
2 x Suzuki
September 2009 AUSMARINE
Another Kirby Marine Naiad has gone
into service in the now growing fleet of
vessels in the Western Australian
Volunteer Rescue Service.
'Jaimee Lee' is a ten-metre hard top
patrol that previously saw service with the
Western Australian Water Police where she
served with distinction for six years. In that
time she had become a favourite with
The vessel has been refitted for her
new role as a dedicated rescue vessel,
repainted with a new colour scheme and
delivered to her new operators at the
popular seaside town of Rockingham, just
south of Fremantle.
The vessel is now powered by twin
220kW Suzuki outboards which give her a
top speed of 47 knots and with a 700-litre
fuel load the vessel returns a cruising range
of 300 nautical miles.
'Jaimee Lee' is in a forward raked, mid
cab, hard top configuration, having good
internal dry storage space in the cabin and
a functional well deck forward of the
The vessel has a spacious rear working
deck with adequate room to work tow lines
or render assistance to the injured; or
rapidly extract personnel from the water.
Tow lines are stowed in a basket under a
rear bench seat at the stern of the vessel.
An engine protection frame at the stern
prevents the tow line dropping between
the engines during towing operations.
The vessel is equipped with the very
latest networked Furuno navigation
package which includes GPS, plotter,
sounder, radar with overlay function. The
helm position has a 38cm LCD repeater
screen for the Skipper.
'Jaimee Lee' uses an inflated commercial
grade collar system unique only to Naiads.
It is the toughest, most cost effective
system that ensures the highest levels of
occupational well being for personnel and
property. The system greatly diminishes
the risk of injury to people when working
in close proximity with other craft or in the
extraction of people from the water.
According to Rob Kirby of Kirby Marine
Fabrication, the vessel's low waterline-to-
deck ratio gives the craft a low roll centre
so that crew fatigue is far less than in other
comparable vessels. The feature of having
reserve buoyancy carried above the
waterline means the highest of ride quality
with the collar absorbing most of the
severe impacts while keeping the vessel
The vessel also features the very latest in
shock mitigating technologies with seating
from KAB Seating and under-floor impact
Says Rob Kirby, "'Jaimee Lee' has proved
to be a more than capable all weather
vessel, having clocked up over 8,000 hours
of service in a wide variety of operational
requirements. She has, and will continue to
be highly regarded by all who operate and
are assisted by her.
"I have no doubt that she will in time
be elevated to the status of a craft with the
highest of accolades."
For further information contact:
Kirby Marine Fabrication, Western
Australia. PH: (08) 9410 2270,
FX: (08) 9410 2280,
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