A rigid hulled inflatable Zodiac Hurricane 630 with twin Honda 90 horsepower outboard engines.
During a rescue in August, the Zodiac Hurricane 630 rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) suffered a catastrophic hull failure that saw a large portion of the fiberglass hull section break away from the structure. And while the crew completed the rescue mission, the vessel took on considerable water and was unable to continue. In addition to the hull damage, the engines suffered water damage and the vessel was removed from service pending settlement of an insurance claim. As of the corporation's year-end, the fiberglass portion of the hull was repaired under the insurance policy and the inflatable sponson sections were removed for additional maintenance.
Thanks to a generous donation by the Honda Canada Foundation, two new Honda BF90 outboard motors are now on the repaired vessel, a donation that enables GAMRU South Shore Search And Rescue to meet its commitment to have two rescue-ready boats in service in 2017.
GAMRU 240 is a purpose-built, steel hull search and rescue (SAR) craft. It has a deep-V hull design, 11' beam and overall length of 34' with a 3' draft. This sturdy vessel is powered by two Detroit Diesel/Volvo Penta diesel engines with combined output of 640 h.p. It features a full suite of electronics, including GPS chart plotter, radar, automatic identification system (AIS) vessel tracking, VHF direction finding equipment and two VHF marine radios. On board equipment includes a fire fighting and dewatering pump, automatic external defibrillator (AED), oxygen, trauma kit and backboards.
Built in the early 2000s, the 240 is GAMRU's primary SAR vessel. Its maximum speed is 25+ knots and its heavy displacement and good power make it suitable for heavy towing. It is an excellent heavy weather vessel and its long range and hull design make it a very good choice for extended searches.
During the boating season, GAMRU 240 is stationed at Fifty Point Marina within the Fifty Point Conservation Area in Winona.