Managing Director KNRM
Managing Director KNRM
Citro, (Citizens Rescue Organization) Curacao.
Throughout the contract negotiations and the period of construction it became obvious to all concerned within the Caister team that Arie de Waart and his loyal team of employees were not only first class craftsmen who take an immense pride in their work but they are also people whom you can trust implicitly. This enabled carrying out business with them a pleasure, and continued with their after sales service.
We would have no reservation in recommending Habbeké shipyard of Volendam to any perspective client."
Project Co-Coordinator Caister Lifeboat
In our opinion this means that the people who build these boats, from the director down to the most junior staff member, must be totally committed to their products, and must work in the knowledge that their products will have to be of the highest quality – not only handling natural forces at the height of storms at sea, but also withstanding heavy collisions with larger vessels as they go alongside. They must survive falling off meter-high waves and must also swiftly right themselves after capsizing.
Such conditions mean that those who crew these boats have to trust that their boat is capable of withstanding the worst that nature and perhaps man can throw at them: trusted shipbuilders produce trusted vessels and Habbeké are therefore one of the wharves where the KRNM allow their boats to be built.
Former Director KNRM
1937 - 2014 †
Skipper/coxswain ADRIAAN HENDRIK (VALENTIJN class) KNRM Egmond aan Zee
In a traditional lifeboat, this was just not possible - you would get turned and twisted at every wave" Furthermore, the jets allow you get more and safer power: recently we had to reach a wooden sailing vessel trapped among a breaking ground sea. But with careful handling of the buckets, we reached her at about 10 knots. To do this we would approach the breakers head on and take the high ones by pushing the bow into the breaking water as it hit! By altering the thrust on the twin buckets one can keep the boat in balance, and going forward - of course in the dark it is a little more difficult and we have been knocked all over the place as well; but she always recovers and allows us to carry out our tasks.
But these vessels also allow you to run before a following sea - they are after all very fast and manoeuvrable. Their manoeuvrability also always allows one to get a tow across and the power of the boats then enables one to tow big or small, victims to safety".
Skipper/coxswain KONING WILLEM 1 (ARIE VISSER class) KNRM Schiermonikoog
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