WHITFORDS VOLUNTEER SEA RESCUE GROUP VESSELS
The Group currently operates 3 dedicated rescue vessels, each of which has a specific set of features that make it suitable for a particular type of rescue operation.
Green 1 – “Stacy Hall”
Our largest vessel is Green 1, a 40ft heavy duty aluminium vessel designed by Mark Ellis Marine Design and constructed by Legend Boats. Powered by twin 450hp Caterpillar diesel motors, the vessel is built to do the “heavy lifting” or our SAR operations. It is capable of sustaining extended operations of up to 24 hours, while providing a safe and comfortable working platform for our volunteer crews.
The vessel is fitted with a wide range of navigation and search instruments, including an integrated chart-plotter, sounder, and radar. Also on board are 27 MHz, VHF and HF marine radios, radio direction finders and a FLIR infrared camera.
Green 1 was named “Stacy-Hall” after John Stacy and Henry Hall who were among the founding members of the Group, each having given nearly 30 years’ service to the boating community of Perth. Henry was awarded an OAM for his contribution to Sea Rescue.
Green 2 – “City of Joondalup”
Green 2 is a rapid-response vessel which allows our volunteers to respond quickly to emergency situations. It is an 11.3m Naiad RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), built by Kirby Marine and is powered by twin Yamaha 350HP 4-stroke V8 outboard engines.
The inflatable collars that are part of the construction help to provide an extremely stable vessel – whether heading into choppy seas or manoeuvring at speed. In normal operations, Green 2 provides an extremely safe and comfortable platform for our volunteer crews and, when the need arises those on board are able to prepare themselves for an express ride as the vessel reaches up to 47 knots in response to an emergency situation.
Green 2 is fitted with the same instruments and navigation equipment as Green 1.
The vessel is named “City of Joondalup” in recognition of the significant financial support provided by the City of Joondalup.
Green 3 – “RV Upton”
Green 3 is a 6.8m Naiad – in other words a smaller version of Green 2. She was purchased second hand from another sea rescue group and was repainted in Whitfords colours and had an electronics upgrade prior to coming into service.
Green 3 is powered by twin Yamaha 115HP outboard engines and has outstanding sea handling capabilities, but is more suited to inshore search and rescue operations.
“RV Upton” was named after Mr Ron Upton – a previous Commander – in recognition of his outstanding service to the Group.