Moving on to more advanced manoeuvres later in training, the Cadets learn how to secure the whaler alongside a picket boat underway and also how to beach and anchor the vessel.

Warrant Officer 1 Alan Richardson

“The Cadets are taught a range of manoeuvres including how to pick up a mooring buoy, recover a man overboard and come alongside a jetty and then leave safely.  

“They are also taught how to operate the vessel in a confined area. 

“Moving on to more advanced manoeuvres later in training, the Cadets learn how to secure the whaler alongside a picket boat underway and also how to beach and anchor the vessel.”

The motor whaler is a 27 foot open boat, weighing in at approximately 2.5 tons.  It is constructed of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).  

The Royal Navy has used the whaler in various forms for 150 years.  Previously they could be seen on the davits of most warships and were used as a ships tender, general sea-boat and lifeboat.

The whalers were gradually phased out by the Royal Navy and have been replaced on warships by rigid inflatable boats (Ribs), in particular the Pacific 24. 

BRNC’s whalers are the only ones still owned by the Royal Navy. They were built between 1970 and 1989.  Other boats have survived and are now used by members of the Sea Cadet Corps.

The whalers original engines were Lister. This is the second upgrade to the boats at BRNC.  The whalers were originally converted to a three cylinder Yanmar engine in 2003.

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