rescue boat / inboard
7.2 m (23'07")
The Workstar 6.4m fire/rescue launch was a development of the original Workstar 6.4m design by Working Boats UK Ltd, with a major change from outboard to inboard/waterjet propulsion, and built by Holyhead Marine Services, Anglesey, to provide a stable vessel with a shallow draught, capable of operating in restricted waterways, for the Royal Berkshire Fire/Rescue Service. The vessel was fitted with a Steyr 164hp/122kW lightweight inboard diesel working through a ZF HSW 450 gearbox to a Hamilton HJ241 water jet. Steering is from a console just aft of amidships, with seating for four crew, space for a portable fire pump, stretchers and a Jason’s Cradle MOB.
The large open self-draining load deck forward of the console provides sufficient space for a crew of four to work the vessel. Load capacity is 1000kg. In its role as a fire/rescue launch the vessel has sufficient deck area to recover and carry as many as three stretcher-bourne casualties while still allowing the crew of four to control and man the vessel effectively. Lockers in the bow and stern provide watertight stowage space for firefighting and rescue equipment.