RV Loyal Helper
The Loyal Helper was built in 1978 at Thorne by Richard Dunston's shipyard. She is a helper class fleet tender whose life started in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service. Ruggedly constructed at 24m long and displacing 141 tones she is a very sea worthy and spacious vessel sitting flat on her anchors whilst other boats are thrown around at sea. The vessel is licensed to and can accommodate up to 12 passengers plus 4 crew comfortably.
Loyal Helper has ample deck space, the front deck has enough room to store various equipment and a bench to seat up to 12 divers comfortably as well as housing the deck crane, hydraulic line hauler, anchor winches and access hatches to storage holds. There are also access gates for divers to enter and exit the water via a ladder and a platform.
The upper deck and sun deck are accessed through the wheel house, benches and tables are situated on the sun deck and plenty of room is available for surveyors and spectators as well as barbecues and buffets.
The wheel house of the Loyal Helper has all of the latest navigation equipment including VHF radios, EPIRB, Radar, Depth Sounder, Colour Chart plotter, Navtex and Weatherfax.
The galley and adjacent mess room can cater and seat all passengers for meals. The mess also serves as a work room perfect for drawing up plans and collating research.
For relaxing there is a large saloon equipped with digital television and stereo systems. The area can be kept warm with its wood burner and electronics can be charged from the ample plug sockets available.
Below decks accessed via the saloon there are berths for 12 passengers plus crew. The passenger accommodation is separated into 2x2 bunk cabins, and 2x4 bunk cabins one of which is accessed through the other. The accommodation area also includes the forward cabin for crew, seating areas, storage, two wash basins and a mini bar.
The engine room contains a Mirlees Blackstone 330hp engine which can produce a maximum speed of 10.5knots, cruising at 10kts. Amongst the other machinery in the engine room there generators to provide 220v electricity and fresh water pumps. RV Loyal Helper also has an 18 inch/50hp bow thruster.