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14m Search & Rescue Boat Design

14m Search & Rescue

Designed to meet the most demanding search & rescue requirements in all sea states

The Berthon 14m Search and Rescue Vessel incorporates the hull designs of Peter Eyre; the Naval Architect responsible for the RNLI’s highly acclaimed Shannon class all-weather lifeboat.

Fully self-righting and designed for search and rescue operations in all sea states.The vessel offers superior seakeeping ability with a platform that prevents slamming. High speeds can be sustained, even in adverse sea conditions. Outstanding manoeuvrability is achieved with the use of twin waterjets, facilitating precise control during demanding casualty transfer operations.

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Technical Specifications 

 Design Background 

  • Information

    • Constructed from advanced composite materials; providing an exceptionally strong structure, and a damage and corrosion resistant craft.
    • Fully self-righting, with systems designed to cope with inversion.
    • Unique, proven hull design for superior seakeeping in all sea states. Able to maintain high speeds in adverse sea conditions.
    • Reduced hull slamming and advanced shock mitigation seating ensure personnel remain fully capable throughout a mission.
    • Advanced wheelhouse climate control systems allow full operational deployment, even in extreme conditions.
    • Twin water jets deliver superior shallow water capability and exceptional manoeuvrability. Increased control better enables casualty transfer operations in demanding conditions.
    • Flexible platform design which can be adapted for a wide range of search and rescue operations.

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  • Technical Specifications

    Optional equipment*
    Subject to specification**

    Principal Dimensions

    Length: 14.6m
    Beam: 4.5m
    Speed:** 40kts
    Range:** 300nm at 25kts
    Tank Capacity Fuel:** 2500l
    Tank Capacity Fresh Water:** 60l
    Classification: DNV, Hull Structure HSLC & NSC



    Search and Rescue

    Stabilised thermal imaging*
    High output searchlight*
    External conning position
    VHF direction finder*
    Casualty salvage pump*
    Fire pump*
    Towing capability*


    Medical

    Rescue stretcher*
    Casualty treatment area*
    Oxygen & Entonox equipment*
    Defibrillator*
    Advanced first aid kit*


    Awareness Systems 

    Integrated tactical display*
    Navigation inputs *
    Stabilised thermal imaging*
    CCTV inputs*
    Machinery status inputs*
    External data inputs*


    Navigation Systems

    Integrated bridge system*
    Radar GPS compass*
    Magnetic compass
    Echo sounder


    Communication Systems

    VHF radio Intercom (wireless)*
    VHF secondary radio*
    Intercom VHF Integration*
    VHF secure comms*
    Intercom GSM Integration*
    Satellite comms*
    Satellite secure comms*
    VHF handheld* AIS *


    Wheelhouse fit−out

    Shock mitigating seating
    Air conditioning/heating*
    Large wheelhouse windows
    Overhead fwd windows
    Medical treatment area
    Helm console
    Commander console*
    Mechanic console*
    Water boiler*
    Chilled cabinet*


    Below deck fit−out

    Operational equipment stowage
    Bunks/seating*
    Galley*
    Water boiler*
    Heads compartment*
    Marine WC*
    Shower*


    Hull & Deck

    Dual density elastomeric fender
    Large aft working deck
    Safety rails (Hadrian)*
    Towing bollard
    Towing fairlead/aft rails
    Dual density elastomeric fender
    Side keels (enable beaching)


    Machinery

    Engines:** High perf. marine diesel up to 800 Hp Drive & steering:**
    Hamilton 364 water jets Trim:**
    Electro mechanical Generator:**
    Onan Marine Generator

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  • Meet the Designer14m Search & Rescue

    Introducing Peter Eyre, the naval architect of the Berthon 14m design.

    Tell us a little about your background?

    I grew up in the North West of Ireland, a truly amazing place with a spectacular coastline and, I think, some of the best sailing waters around. At an early age I spent much of my time on or by the water and became fascinated with all forms of water sports.

    I moved to England to study Ship Science at the University of Southampton where I completed my masters degree. In that time I immersed myself in the yacht racing scene on the Solent and also spent a summer working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on a design engineer placement.

    That placement opened my eyes to the amazing work the RNLI do and I was sure that I wanted to make a career in lifeboat design. I stuck to my guns and before long I had created the hull form for the new class of lifeboat, the Shannon class, and went on to lead the engineering team responsible for detailed design and development of the class.

    I have since set up Peter Eyre Marine Design Limited and am involved in a range of very interesting design projects including the Berthon 14m.

    What was the process you followed to create the Berthon 14m?

    Every commission is different and in this case Berthon, a company with such long-standing experience had a very strong and detailed understanding of their requirements. This coupled with a clear intent to innovate and not settle for 2nd best was a great starting point. We have worked together in a collaborative environment which has allowed for an incredible wealth of design and practical knowledge to be poured into this project.

    I feel strongly that emphasis in design must be placed on the people, the crew who will operate the vessel. Almost every decision made at the early stages of design has the potential to drastically affect the safety or comfort of the occupants in one way or another, so my design process puts human factors at its centre.

    It is important to begin with a firm grip of the key design parameters such as length to beam ratio and other scale relationships which determine size, speed, weight and cost, these set up the initial design space. From there the key elements of the design are introduced such as the concept hull form, the functional layout, propulsion and the production processes. Often referred to as the design spiral, gradually the design becomes more and more detailed, better informed and with a greater level of refinement. Step by step the design converges towards the finished article.

    What do you think are the most important aspects for this type of vessel?

    Its hard to single out one thing, but the ability to keep the crew safe in a wide range of sea conditions including the very roughest is vital and largely if that can be achieved all else falls into place.

    Seakeeping often determines the actual worth of a commercial vessel, not just the ability to maintain a high speed in steep seas, but to be able to do so for prolonged periods in a controllable and predictable manner.

    And finally, what do you get up to when you’re not designing the latest vessel?

    Thankfully my passion for the sea is very much still alive so you might find me sailing my RS 200 dinghy, or kitesurfing trying to master the art of hydro foiling somewhere along the south coast.

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