Replacement of Patrol 7

by / Wednesday, 09 May 2018 / Published in Latest News

Several months ago Ross Kilborn convened a group of BYS volunteers to take an active role in the regular maintenance of the BYS patrol boat fleet.

One of the activities undertaken by this group was an overall review of the state of the fleet and preparation of recommendations for major refurbishment and / or replacement of individual boats.  This review was led by Greg Rowland.

The most significant of these recommendations were;

  • The need to immediately replace Patrol 7,
  • A full hull refurbishment and tube replacement of Patrol 9,
  • A progressive refurbishment or replacement of Patrols 3, 8, and 10 over the next 3-4 years,

It is worth noting that Patrol 7 is almost 30 years old and has served BYS very well.  But it is definitely time for her to be retired.

At the March meeting the General Committee in principle accepted these recommendations and over the last month additional work has been done on investigating Patrol 7 replacements and better understanding of what needed to be done to Patrol 9.  This work was primarily undertaken by Dean Taylor and Liam Edleston.

The recommended replacement for Patrol 7is a Ozsea 710HT as described in more detail below;

  • Custom built aluminium hull with 5mm bottom plates, 4mm side plates and 4mm trade plate
  • Bow rails and heavy duty captive bow sprit
  • Hand rails, flag poles and mast
  • Side shelves & transom battery shelf with door/ seat
  • Walk through Transom door
  • Keel line pod, swim platform, ladder and keel channel & dry ride strakes
  • Heavy duty gunwale
  • 180L Fuel Tank
  • 2 Seat boxes and seats
  • Lockable front cabin with bunks & cushions
  • Plumbed electronic toilet
  • Hydraulic steering and stainless steering wheel
  • Battery switch, nav and anchor lights, twin batteries, 8 gang battery switch
  • Survey approved floatation under deck
  • 5mm toughened glass with light grey tint
  • Anodes and transducer brackets
  • Lone star winch kit including chain and anchor
  • Black anti-foul on bottom
  • Painting of hull any choice of colour
  • Bilge pump with switch and alarm


Due to the low usage hours and general good condition of the existing Patrol 7 motor, it was proposed this should be re-used on the new boat.

I am extremely pleased to advise Members that at the April meeting the General Committee has accepted this recommendation and approved the purchase of this new vessel.  Current timing should see this new boat delivered to BYS in September, prior to the next sailing season.  This will be a great boat and will serve BYS well for many years to come.

The General Committee also approved the refurbishment of Patrol 9, including replacing the tubes.  This work will be undertaken over the next few months.

The purchase of the Patrol 7 replacement will be funded from the Art Show Patrol Boat Fund.  The Patrol 9 refurbishment will be funded from the operating budget.

Many people have been involved in this review, investigation, and recommendations but I would specifically like to thank Ross Kilborn, Greg Rowland, Dean Taylor and Liam Edleston.

If anyone has any questions relating to this I am sure Dean Taylor will be more than happy to engage with you.


Alistar Singh, Commodore

One Response to “Replacement of Patrol 7”

  1. This is wonderful news, as the Patrol boat fleet is very much recognized by the general public, doing their duties in front of our “new club”
    I do have a query, that when all patrol boats were inspected, and not that Patrol 1 is a main style patrol boat, but did not receive any comment at all.
    If it is still going to be used, could I suggest a new coat of paint to brighten it up and look smart.
    A big fan
    Ian McCulloch

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