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Spirit-12-000

This ex-RNLI vessel has been in Sligo harbour for over a year now. In 2007 she carried signs advertising "Trips round the bay" type cruises but reputedly saw little trade (probably due to tidal constraints). Now no advertising is carried and I know nothing of her future. Come to think of i

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I think this is ON 1119, the prototype Mersey. The number 12-000 is misleading since the boat did not have a name or operational number. It was built in 1986 and used for testing 87-88. Sold in 1989 and renamed “Keelman” then “Spirit”. The “00” indicates that it was built of aluminium. Fibre glass was used for 12-12 upwards. Source – LBES Handbook 2008 edited by Tony Denton.
 

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I think this is a Mersey class, and the original prototype which was not numbered was sold in 1989. The first operational boat was 12-001, so this could be the prototype which the owner has therefore numbered 12-000. Alternatively, as it is called "Spirit" it might be 12-007, originally "Spirit of Derbyshire" (aluminium hull) although this may still be in service. If you can locate a small bronze oval plate about 4 inches long on it, this should carry a 4 digit number in the 1100's. That number is the RNLI's operational number for the boat, which all boats carry, and that would definitely identify it. Best of luck.
 

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Solan, her number is the clue to her past. She is the ex protoyype Mersey class vessel dating from the late 1980's now owned by a Strandhill, Co. Sligo man who ran trips out Sligo Bay last year. Charley
 

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Wonder what her hull is like. Aluminum is very expensive to repair if you have electrical issues in the boat or marina.
 

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It would seem rather a big investment for a charter business given that the vessel would probably only carry six passengers I imagine the fuel consumption would be quite high on these vessels given the power of their engines. I know the little Osullivan cuddy I have does 25 litres an hour at its cruising speed. So what would it be John a couple of hundred litres an hour?
 

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she was bought by a crew member at Ifracombe to do some pleasure trips,and was refurbished at appledore,the owner only kept her for less then year before selling her to owners in Ireland.she was the org proto-type mersey and has/had twin fords
 

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