Rolf To The Rescue: German Yard Delivers Aluminum Rescue Launch

German shipyard Bootsbau & Yachtservice Wilhelm has delivered a new aluminum rescue launch to the Bay- erisches Red Cross in Munich. The 37- ft. (11.2-m) vessel, which will be used for daily rescue purposes and as hospital transportation on the Chiemsee in Bayern, will be equipped with a single MAN engine, driving a single UltraJet 340 waterjet via a ZF Gearbox.

Intended for continuous operation — day and night — the vessel has accommodations for two crewmembers as well as a doctor.

Sea trials conducted in Wilhelmshaven, Germany proved that the vessel's design complied with all specifications, achieving a service speed of 25 knots, with a 29-knot maximum. The vessel's aluminum hull features a raised bow with narrow stern section and is designed for maneuverability, high levels of seakeeping and a stable work platform.

A thermally-insulated wheelhouse features lateral sliding windows and a mast for a loud speaker and navigation lights.

Rolfs diesel heating system is designed to keep casualties at a moderate cabin temperature all year round, and its electronic equipment onboard includes navigation, radar, DGPS and depth sounder.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 25,  Oct 2001 U.S. Coast Guard

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