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Personal Watercraft Rescue Sled

“Personal watercraft (PWC) have been around since the late 1960s, but adding a rescue sled for watercraft rescue is fairly new. Mostly used for recreational use of lakes and oceans, they come in a variety of sizes and are used for a variety of purposes. The term “personal,” however, is dated, as these craft can carry from one to four people. Most states consider personal watercraft a boat. Manufacturers have expanded the original recreational model to include racing and towing for water sport use, such as wakeboarding, tubing, tow rescue and tow surf by use of a tow board. PWC’s have picked up additional uses for fishing and scuba diving/divers like; dive rescue, reef exploration.

The personal water craft is small, powerful and agile, and can be used for rescue in many different environments. First make a few changes to a PWC like adding a tow in board, or ski rescue sled for tow rescue purposes. Then add a trained operator educated in a watercraft safety course and you have an extremely diverse water-rescue response tool. A PWC rescue sled is essential for watercraft safety.

The advantages of PWC rescue sleds over regular rescue boats are endless. PWC rescue sleds have a shallow draft (waterline to lowest part of the craft) of 3 to 10 inches, while outboard engines draft 2 or more feet. Most rescue craft 16 feet or less max out around 50 hp, while PWC  with an attached rescue board can exceed 250 hp. The hp is very important for safe control with tow in boards in dynamic water environments, such as currents and within the impact zone of surf.



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PWC And Rescue Sled Specifics

These audio and visual devices often become cumbersome to work around an are a maintenance nightmare. Instead, we rely on lettering and other agency marking on the watercraft, as well as on the operator. Sometimes craft have limited surface area for identification. Fortunately, the Coast Guard exemptsRWC from displaying bow numbers when easily identifiable as such.

After-market hull changes are another very common addition to RWC. Not many fire departments have a skilled fiber glass repairman! After-market aluminum hulls can be purchased to protect the fiberglass hull and increase stability of the craft. More common hull protection involves the use of adhesives. Rubber keel guards are cheap and easy to acquire, install and replace. More advanced methods, especially for the swiftwater/flood rescue environment with attitude a rescue sled, take advantage of new developments in spray-on bed liners, such as Line-X or Rhino lining. These liners are made with marine-grade applicants and come in a variety of thicknesses and colors. Spray-on liners dramatically increase hull durability with only a minor increase in drag and minor changes in weight and maneuverability. For half the cost of a pick-up truck bed, the firefighter-resistant protected hull is a no-brainer. In addition, these applications can be cheaply repaired when dinged or nicked.


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