The Freycinet, our 55 foot Randall designed GRP motor vessel built by Channelcraft in Margate, Tasmania, served the Tasmanian Police for many years before it was acquired by the St Helens Marine Rescue Association in 2009. The vessel was bought with a $100,00 grant provided by the Australian Commonwealth Government through the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Program.
The Freycinet is powered by a 375kW Caterpillar 3406C turbo-charged diesel engine and has a range of 500 nautical miles. It is equiped with:
- dual VHF transceivers
- a 27Mhz UHF transceiver
- an HF/SSB transceiver
- dual networked Garmin touchscreen chartplotter/sounders (flybridge and wheelhouse)
- an autopilot and
- a mobile phone (0427-710 857)
The vessel’s equipment, crew accommodations for up to 8 crew and Kubota auxilliary genset all add to its capabilities, making it ideally suited to its role as offshore rescue vessel. It is powerful enough to tow vessels in distress over long distances and in challenging conditions.
The Freycinet is financially supported by Fieldwicks Crushing and Screening.