I'm not up to date with the RNLI pay structures but the incredible Gord sounds about right. It is obviously necessary to maintain the boats, plus the key skills to deploy them. The service
in the UK can only operate with the donations it receives from the general public.
From the Area Office and the local stations e-mail addresses both were pleased to receive my thanks and appreciation. It is unusual, they said, to have post event contact from those they assist.
As I said above, I didn't call them out, I was prepared to ride out the beaching with anchors deployed and await the incoming tide. In fact the wind
dropped below 15 kts a few hours later so getting off under sail alone would have been possible, and some cold legs or dinghy
deployment would have got the gear
selection engaged forward only allowing the trip to be completed that night.
In modern coastal navigation
I strongly recommend a hand held chart plotter as essential equipment
. So many buoys are missing, the charts
show land features that are not always as conspicuous to strangers as they are to locals, and many features that are apparent and clear just aren't indicated on the charts
we had (two yrs old).
It was the disorientation of navigation
that got us into the situation - entirely my fault.
I failed to keep track of distance run off the old chart(less) plotter, or by mobile phone GPS
. If I had set the entrance co-ordinates on either or both of these before departure we would not have got into this situation.
due to corrosion
and fatigue of the bottom pivot pin (Pintle?).
Has anyone got a spare rudder. UK. Will collect.