Catalina

Catalina – 5.7 metre Humber Destroyer rigid inflatable.

Catalina newly launched at Broughty Ferry
Catalina newly launched at Broughty Ferry

Taymara has been offered the short-term loan of a 5.7 metre Humber Destroyer rigid inflatable.
This RIB, in very good condition, satisfies a dire need to augment the powerboat training resources for the charity’s members, and clients from Castle Huntly.

 

Preparing to start the trip. Training began with the launch.
Preparing to start the trip. Training began with the launch.

The RIB, named Catalina as a tribute to the flying boats formerly based at Woodhaven slipway in Fife is capable of carrying five people with ease and has a top speed of around 35 knots.

 

At planing speed
At planing speed

Catalina is a massive improvement on Taymara’s former planing craft, it has proved to be a good sea boat, is quite economical, and it dispenses with the need to hire RIBs for Powerboat 2 and Advanced Powerboat courses. Conscious of the fact that the owners’ generous temporary loan of the vessel does not provide long-term availability for projects we are committed to, Taymara continues to seek funding for its own RIBs.
Catalina will only be replaced when funding is available for that purpose. A good RIB is essential to RYA Powerboat training and will be used for the charity’s work with the Scottish Prison Service, providing useful qualifications, character building, and CV material, all of which will assist tremendously in the search for employment opportunities. Catalina will also be coded as a commercial vessel. This is a requirement for craft conducting project work. She may also be used to carry paying passengers, revenue which feeds back into the charity’s various activities.
D.K.

 

Broughty Castle in the background
Broughty Castle in the background

 

 

Returning alongside
Returning alongside