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New Accreditations on the horizon
We are currently in the process of expanding the shorebased MCA side of the business to include advanced STCW training courses. The new courses on offer will be
AEC 1 & 2,
Proficiency in Medical First Aid,
proficiency in Medical Care,
GMDSS GOC Radio course.
Course dates will be released shortly but anyone with an interest can register at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Allabroad new yacht fleet uptime figures are in for 2018 and have not dropped year on year. Towards the end of 2016 we purchased 5 brand new Jeanneau 389's. We use the yachts heavily every week, 50 weeks per year for a mix of boat handling and mileage. They do 800 hours + per year just under engine and spend most of the time under sail, often achieving 500NM in a training week.
As a reliability measure we measure up-time based on how may hours the yachts spend in use compared to how many hours they spend out of use due to equipment failure, primarily, electrical, engine, steering, rig. Not included in these calculations is accidental damage caused by plastic bags and other flotsam getting wrapped around the prop. In all downtime situations the Fast Track training schedule was reorganised and students were placed on theory elements of their training. No training time since purchasing the new yachts has been lost due to any systems failures on board.
2017 99.4% uptime
2018 98.6% uptime
The main driving force of opting to run new yachts was to ensure that we spend more time teaching our customers how to sail rather than repairing yachts. We will only run the current fleet until 2020 and then we will replace with new once again. Many RYA Training centres run yachts from 2002 and earlier, these are often un reliable and in some cases simply unsafe.