Unfortunately rescue boards do more damage to our Rescue Water Craft as the vessel designs change.
It takes a lot of effort to maintain your Rescue Water Craft and rescue board.
Some models of personal watercraft interface to the various rescue boards do not interface well with the variety of hulls from makes and models.
It is not an easy interface for sure. Make sure you are watching the attachment points from each use and inspect your hull for wear through the top deck.
This is especially true for Yamaha NanoXcel hulls. They tend to have a lot more flex and the newer models have a concave top deck astern. This means the pressure points from a rescue board are going to be port/starboard sides and can wear completely through the top deck.
You may need to alter the material on the stern deck to raise up the void between the two substrates.
Rescue boards can also pull off or damage the rail bond line or molding exposing the rivets. There is no defining interface for rescue board use. It depends upon the make, model and year of production of RWC you have.
One thing is for sure, take some time to study the contact points, friction and how the Rescue Board is hooked up to the RWC to try to reduce the impending damage your RWC will suffer.
Shawn Alladio – 2018
Shawn cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.