With more stringent regulations within the superyacht industry, it is ever more important to make the best use of space on-board, whilst maintaining compliance. SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) Regulations state that all yachts over 500GRT should be provided with a Rescue Boat meeting SOLAS requirements. The Pascoe SOLAS Rescue tender is designed to act as a man-over-board recovery boat and to serve as a marshalling vessel for life rafts in the event of abandoning the mothership (for more on understanding SOLAS, see below).
The fully approved SOLAS range combines compliance with SOLAS regulations and the successful Pascoe Shuttle tender platform. This allows the yacht to carry a single rescue boat that doubles as a useful tender for guest transportation, water sports and crew duties, built and finished to top superyacht standards. Approval comes from Lloyd’s Register and incudes MED Wheel Mark, regardless of flag.
SOLAS | 5.50m
Re-engineered to comply fully with SOLAS regulations, the 5.5m Rescue tender is built to the same quality of finish and functionality as the popular Shuttle range.
SOLAS | 6.20m
Now a standard fit on many yachts over 500GRT, the 6.2m SOLAS is fully compliant yet, stylish and practical for everyday use.
SOLAS | 7.00m
The largest of the SOLAS Rescue tenders, features a mid-engine configuration in addition to a handsome seating arrangement for guests and crew.
Historically the luxury yacht market found dispensations and loop holes to avoid this requirement, however this has become increasingly difficult. Pascoe took the decision in 2007 to not only produce SOLAS compliant tenders, but to ensure they comply with the most stringent levels of commercial regulations, surveyed and certificated by Lloyds Register.
Pascoe can offer fully compliant SOLAS Rescue Tenders certified to MED Wheel Marked standard for MCA flagged yachts, or certified to SOLAS for rest-of-World flag authorities. To achieve this standard and maintain compliance is an involved and complicated process, requiring regular adjustment, updating and re-testing as the Regulations are updated and developed.
The SOLAS Regulations affect many aspects of the tender build, from hull construction, systems and outfit to the quality assurance system and documentation of workshops temperatures maintained through the build. The main testing is carried out on the first of class of each model, which includes the 3m drop tests, self-righting test and other testing such as a swamp test, over load lifting test, endurance trial and heavy weather trial. Following passing of these tests a Type Approval Certificate is issued, then each subsequent build is surveyed and tested to a less comprehensive criteria and a Certificate of Production Testing issued.
Pascoe is able to offer some customisation of the SOLAS tenders by working closely with Lloyds and Flag Surveyors. The colour of the tender can normally be offered in any scheme, at the discretion of the Flag Surveyor and often on the provision of high visibility orange covers. The lifting arrangement can be tailored to the mother ship by means of additional testing and local approval.