John Cannell

“In 2004, members of the Project Committee of Caister Lifeboat Service in the UK began to explore the replacement of its existing lifeboat. After thorough research and many personal discussions, the team reached a unanimous decision to purchase a Valentijn 2000 built by Habbeké. Throughout the contract negotiations and the period of construction it became…

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Kees Zwart

“During my thirty years service with the KNRM, I have been associated with many different life-boats; twenty of these years as skipper/coxswain. My longest period was with the Eierland type of boat where the work was hard, the boat was under-powered, and you were always cold, wet and tired. This changed a lot in 1990…

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Gert-Jan Klontje

“Once you have sailed in one of these vessels, you will never want to return to the previous designs … They are especially suited to manoeuvring in breaking water, ground seas and heavy surf are no longer as dreaded as they were!”.  “For instance, if you have to get to a yacht that is aground…

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