Looking for Rescue Boat (Raft) Options.
I had to put this here, because the specialized rescue forum won't take a new thread. WT can always move it if they like.
Anyway, I am beginning to investigate the purchase of a rescue raft for our Swiftwater team, and I am looking for some ideas.
Historically, be have borrowed rafts from the local whitewater operation whenever we needed them, but we now have the opportunity to pick up a boat of our own. The primary roles of the boat will be shuttling personnel and cargo across a class 2-4+ river, assisting G-SAR ops, and of course rescue of occupants from the water/vehicles/rocks, etc.
I have looked at units like the Oceanid, but feel they are too specialized and limited for our role. The local distributor carries the Zumro IRB, but it is powered, and we could only run a motor for 2 or so months of the year. I also wonder how a transom IRB performs unpowered, or rigged with a zip-line/tyrolean traverse.
What are the other SRT groups using for river work, and what are your thoughts?
Here's a Couple..........
Zodiac and Demaree are two Boat builders in our area, Zodiac in Stevensville, Md, and Demaree in Friendsville, Md. I'll try to find urls for them. We have a 10ft Avon inflatable that has done OK so far.
Here you are: