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Rescue boat / RIB
MNZ Rule 40C Coastal
Naiad Design, New Zealand
MaxSurf, Rhino, AutoCAD
Circa Marine, New Zealand
2 x Evinrude E-TEC,
240 nautical miles
Furuno NAVnet vx2
TracPlus Satellite Tracking
January 2010 AUSMARINE
Whangarei is a busy provincial New
Zealand city with a strong marine
background and proud boatbuilding
history. Although the builders of big ships
have disappeared offshore, there are still a
number of very successful boatbuilders
and refit yards. One such builder is Circa
Marine, which was commissioned to
build a new rescue boat for Whangarei
A Naiad ten-metre twin outboard boat
was the chosen design -- a well-proven boat
in use by West Australian Police, Volunteer
Marine Rescue, and the US Marines to
name just a few. The cabin on this latest
version has been lengthened slightly,
making for a fully-enclosed main cabin
that can easily accommodate four crew in a
variety of seat types.
The small forward cabin has a bunk on
the port side, with gear storage and toilet
on the opposite side. From here a large
hatch leads to the forward well-deck which
has working space for two crew.
The cabin features an extensive Furuno
electronics package. In what may be a first
for a New Zealand rescue vessel, all four
crew positions are fitted with 27cm colour
screens, able to display any input from
radar, GPS, cameras and the like. This helps
keep crew involved in the operation of the
boat and is a boon for training. A propane
gas demister system has been fitted, and
there is a small galley unit (with sink and
cooker) in the aft cockpit.
Twin Evinrude E-TEC two-stroke
engines, each rated at 185kW, were chosen
to power the new boat -- the latest version
with electronic controls.
Like all ten-metre twin outboard Naiads,
this one has a stepped hull and
performance from the boat is sparkling.
From standstill to 30 knots takes just nine
seconds, and even deliberately propped
down to 43cm for towing and best
mid-range responsiveness, top speed is still
a creditable 42 knots with full fuel, gear
and four crew. The handling is beautifully
balanced, very responsive, and typical of
the design, the boat delivers a soft,
The Whangarei Coastguard team, led by
John Haselden and Jon Moore, was closely
involved with the build and had extensive
input to the design of storage areas. The
result is a well thought-out and very
practical layout. The overall finish achieved
by Circa Marine is exemplary, and the
build was completed in five months.
This boat joins the unit's existing
seven-year-old Naiad 6.8m, which is being
retained for harbour work. The new boat
was officially christened 'Circa Rescue' and
handed over to a very happy customer on
December 11, 2009.
For further information contact:
Circa Marine, New Zealand.
PH: +64 9 438 9522, FX: +64 9 438 0790,
or Naiad Design, New Zealand.
PH: +64 3 573 7246,
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