Mitchell 31 ‘Friendship of Plymouth’
We are rather proud of ‘Friendship of Plymouth’. She is a purpose-built workboat, specially fitted out to carry disabled or able people in safety, comfort and style.
She has twin diesel engines and full electronic navigation with GPS chart plotter. She is MCA-certified to commercial standard and has a full set of safety equipment including liferafts, radios, distress flares and first aid kit.
She has wheelchair clamps and an easy access ramp for wheelchairs. With all-round guardrails she is a safe platform for anyone to go to sea.
We ran a competition for local children to find a name for her –
and ‘Friendship of Plymouth’ was their winning choice.
Our Safety Boats
Safety on the water is always a top priority for our children’s sailing activities. We could not do this without our powerful RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats). They serve as a command boat for Horizons instructors as well as performing general ferry and support duties.
When the children are sailing our RIBs are crewed by experienced Skippers and out on the water – in amongst the boats – so that they can respond immediately to any mishaps.
This is our big RIB supporting a group of volunteers during a keelboat refresher session.
Our staff and volunteers hold RYA Qualifications for Power Boat and Safetyboat duties.
This is our smaller RIB being driven by one of our volunteers, transferring our Cadets to yachts for the Eddystone Charity Pursuit.
Both our safety Boats are maintained to a high standard and are sometimes used by other organisations to support activities on the water in Plymouth.
Both our RIBS are used during our Sailing Club sessions to provide safety cover and also for RYA Training courses. They are an invaluable asset and are kept in tip top condition.
We provide RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Safetyboat and regular refresher training for our volunteers so we have a ready supply of suitably experienced volunteers to help out with Safetyboat duties.