Wednesday, 4 September 2013

HM Coastguard Patrol Craft 'MCA Hunter'

We were enjoying our lunch and looking out across a blustery Sound of Mull today when we saw this fast patrol boat come in front of us and head up Loch Sunart.  She's HM Coastguard's MCA Hunter, recently transferred from Clacton to Dunstaffnage.  She was a Customs cutter that operated in these waters but was was purchased by HM Coastguard.  She is now operated by West Scotland and Northern Ireland Coastguard.

HM Coastguard's Fort William Sector Manager Phil Wren, when contacted, sent us another picture of her (above) and a full spec., as follows:

The vessel is a 42 ft General Patrol craft.
Fully coded to the workboat standard.
General speed: 17 knots cruising and 23 Knots Max.
Vessel normally carries a crew of 3 / 4, max. 8 POB, but in a SAR situation will carry more.
Capable of working 60 miles from a safe haven in moderate to rough seas.
The vessel is SAR Capable. Fully fitted with GMDSS/VHF radios. Seamaster Radar. Electronic chart / Mapping and Paper charts.
All search Equipment includes, Full First Aid Equipment, all staff are qualified to a high standard. The vessel has No Night Limitations and has a full Satellite GPS Navigation system with Backup.
Range of the vessel is 120 miles at Normal Cruising speed.
'Hunter' carries a small RHIB capable of speeds of 18 Knots.
There is accommodation for 4 on board including Full Galley, Toilet and Shower.

Many thanks to Phil Wren for picture and details.  Kilchoan Coastguard would like one too, please.

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