Workstar Rescue 8.5m Ambulance Boat

The Workstar Rescue 8.5m Ambulance Boat is based on our earlier Rescue Eagle 8.5m, compliant with internationally recognised design and construction standards, an increased deadrise from 15 to 18 degrees, better access to the aft cockpit with doors and ramps for both ambulant patients and stretchers, but with the same spacious interior – which can be laid out to suit the client’s exact requirements, from First Response to ICU.

The General Arrangement, Main Cabin, shows:

    • Helmsman’s console and seat
    • Port side: patient bed and/or stretcher. Seat for paramedic
    • Starboard side: seating for ambulant patients/paramedics
    • Stowage P&S under seats and outboard of bed/seat
    • Stowage for O2 bottles(s), ECG monitor etc
    • Overhead lighting
    • Flooring: non-slip, heavy duty rubber
    • Rear opening doors into the cockpit
    • Sliding door starboard side for separate crew entry/exit

The Workstar Rescue 8.5m Ambulance Boat can carry up to twenty casualties in an emergency evacuation.

Power is from 2 x 175hp/130kW 4-stroke OBMs, with an anticipated lightship speed of 33kts: when laden 28kts. Endurance is 100nm from 400L fuel and there is a 100L fresh water tank to a wash-hand basin in the forecabin, which also houses a chemical toilet.

The Workstar Rescue 8.5m Ambulance Boat is designed to DNV Scantlings Review and Approval and the fulfills MCA Category 3 requirements: 20 miles from a safe haven, day or night.

The Workstar Rescue 8.5m would be equally suitable as a small but robust workboat, crew-boat or dive boat, with the option of staying with OBMs or installing an inboard diesel linked to a stern drive, Sea Fury or water jet. And with a General Arrangement to the client’s requirements.

Note: the load in the Main Particulars below was that specified in the tender for this Ambulance Boat, destined for Tanzania, as was the speed requirement and range.

Main particulars:

  • Monohull: all welded aluminium hull and superstructure
  • LOA: 8.50m
  • LWL: 7.10m
  • Beam: 3.04m
  • Draft (lightship): 0.40m
  • Draft (laden): 0.47m
  • Displacement (lightship): 3200kg
  • Displacement (laden): 4,500kg (400L fuel, 100L water, six pax, 500kg)
  • Power: 2 x YAMAHA 175hp/130kW 4-stroke OBMs
  • Speed lightship: 33kts
  • Speed laden: 28kts
  • Fuel: 400L
  • Endurance: 100nm
  • Fresh water: 100L
  • DNV Scantlings Approval
  • UK MCA Category 3: max six persons
  • Emergency evacuation: twenty persons
  • Design: Bruce Sexton-Barrow/Pacific Workboats cc
  • Builder: Legacy Marine, PortElizabeth, South Africa
Workstar Rescue 8.5m Ambulance Boat