The yard has a range of vessels available for salvage and towing
The main workhorse is the heavy duty timber constructed craft FROLIC
11, built in the 90's by the yard. She is 42' long, 16'
beam with a 4' draft weighing approx. 20 tonnes. She is equipped
with a Kort nozzle giving 1.35 tonnes of bollard pull. A clear aft
deck and low transom enables the hydraulic aft gantry to assist
in lifting operations.
A two tonne hydraulic capstan allied with powerful block and tackles
ensure most objects capable of being carried. The object can be
lifted from the seabed though it is more common place for a diving
team to use air flotation bags to give the initial lift in salvage
operations. Manoeuvring is aided by a hydraulic bow thruster.
to the port side is a 3 tonne hydraulic crane fitted with a winch
enables loads to be handled on deck. Pieces of equipment can be
lifted off vessels alongside. A salvage pump is also fitted.
Designed primarily for bouy handling in shallow waters FROLIC
II has the ability to dry out on a falling tide and stay upright.
FROLIC I is a 40' vessel currently being converted for special
SHEILA is a 23' steel workboat used mainly for harbour and
inshore duty, but is an invaluable aide when working in tandem with
FROLIC II on salvage operations.
EMMA is a Tornado 5.8 metre R.I.B. enabling a fast response
to various situations.
FROLIC II and the yard perform duties for local yacht clubs,
laying and retrieving racing marks and moorings. She is also employed
by Bembridge Harbour to maintain fairway marks.
The R.N.L.I. also employ the services of the yard, including FROLIC
11 to maintain, store, lay and retrieve the main lifeboat moorings
of Bembridge, Selsey and Calshot.
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