Water Emergency Water Craft
Water Rescue / Emergency Response / Technical Water Operations
The WERC is the culmination of 15 years of design refinement through thousands of hours of training and rescue operations.
Oceanid, the industry juggernaut in the world of “technical water rescue”, has redesigned the face of motorized water rescue craft. Following the mantra of all professional Watermen (whose business it is to perform in the most treacherous environments and conditions) “Slow is Pro", Oceanid has finally developed a fully enhanced craft. Following the design concept of the original RDC Rapid Deployment Craft, the WERC big brother has arrived. This boat boasts most of the design features of the RDC performance package and adds the 4th dimension feature, it is fully motorized. Kris Walker, owner and design guru (Oceanid) of the most recognized water rescue craft in the industry, has spent literally decades developing rescue craft and dozens of years in the motorized world of boat development and design refinement. This is the result of his endeavors to meet the need of the rescue industry.
Solid Design and Construction
WERC (Water Emergency Rescue Craft) is a larger version of the RDC in all its durability and protective features with a larger capacity to hold a framed cockpit, crew and 60 hp Mercury SeaPro outboard engine. The design and construction allow for the addition of various accessories intended for use in the fire and rescue environments.
Rigid Frame Structure
The powder coated welded aluminum square tubing is used for superb structural stability while supporting a team of up to 5. The frame structure supports the console, two fixed seats, dry box, fuel storage area, outboard engine, transom light bridge and rope tow system. The pilot sits behind a console of gauges in a seated steering cockpit propelled by a 60 hp Mercury SeaPro outboard engine capable of 25 MPH of safe operating speed. The frame is built with two safety working and recovery platforms on either side of the boat. These platforms can be used for a multitude of options such as functional tie down points and equipment storage and victim landing platforms.
The 3 PSI inflatable 5 tube chambers mimic the RDC’s upturned open bow and stern but is altered to be mono directional due to frame lock down permanent mounts. It also bolsters the open bow victim recovery port option covered by a quick release protective under shield. This allows rescuers, victims and objects an option for boat entry, thus eliminating the old methods of par-buckling and over side lifts. The rear open port is where the power house (Mercury 60 hp) is designed to sit and be protected by the surrounding inflated tube. The inflated rigid floor design gives the boat added structure and floatation which is rated at 9,000 lbs of positive buoyancy. The inflatable floor is covered by a protective carpet which aides in enhanced traction and resistance to surface erosion.
The pilot control cockpit features a cable steering wheel system, throttle / shift controls, GPS navigation and side scan sonar display screen, power switch panel and engine information gauges. NAV lights and LED search light bars are mounted on the transom bridge. The fuel system includes three 6-gallon removable fuel tanks for the definitive 1/3 method of operation. The console supports 12 volt and 5 volt charging options for communication devices
Work Rescue Recovery
The WERC provides a large work area for dive rescue or support operations for sub surface recovery. Included is a fold down SS Telescoping Ladder which allows divers to board without crew assistance. The open ends at bow and stern prevent any swamping or inboard water buildup. This feature mimics the RDC with its open ends, capable of accepting and bailing water with no adverse affects on performance or function. The stern opening provides motor access to the water while providing engine protection and frame adjustments to fine tune the crafts operability.
Details & Specifications
The frame is mounted to the inflatable craft with 4 points of connection using stainless shackles attached to inboard mounted stainless D rings. The frame features solid side "walkway" platforms (84" clamshell welded aluminum) that function as "Pelican" box storage, working rescue platforms and patient litter areas.
Construction: aluminum unibody
- Tig welded
- Marine grade (6061 T6) (5057)
- Stainless steel hinges and attachments
- Powder coated
- Steering console cabinet
- Under seat gear storage cabinet
- Transom bridge with Navigation lights and LED light bars
- Tow line attachment points
- Diver boarding ladder – stainless, hinged, folding and telescoping
Inflatable super structure
- length - 222" (18' 6")
- width - 80"
- weight - 150lbs
- tube diameter - 20"
- air chambers - 5
- buoyancy - 9000lbs
- construction material- PU/PVC coated polyester
- floor dimensions 10’ x 40”
- access holes x2
- rescuers / divers
- engine prop work area / rope tow system connections
- fuel tanks - 3 @ 6gallons
- under shield
- abrasion resistance for tubes
- puncture protection
- 60hp Mercury SeaPro outboard long shaft with remote control
- Prop pitch 11", “Propulse adjustable pitch”
- Power tilt and trim
- EZ Loader Trailer, specifically designed for the WERC boat.
- Indoors preferred / climate controlled
- Outdoors: cover to guard against UV and environmental damage