TS Valiant, the home of the Barnstaple Sea Cadets has a new resident. Unicorn is one of the finest all round sea boats and will be used in a variety of situations at the Cadets unit at Rolle Quay, Barnstaple. The 5.35 metre Ribtec is a rigid inflatable bo
TS Valiant, the home of the Barnstaple Sea Cadets has a new resident. Unicorn is one of the finest all round sea boats and will be used in a variety of situations at the Cadets unit at Rolle Quay, Barnstaple.The 5.35 metre Ribtec is a rigid inflatable boat and has a four-stroke, 60-horsepower outboard engine, which is very quiet and fuel efficient.Barnstaple Sea Cadets chairman Robin Sealey said: "When work on the new Barnstaple bridge started we quickly identified that the bridge supports would mean an increase in the current and a change in the tidal stream. Because the safety of our cadets is of paramount importance a faster and more modern safety boat was essential."The boat supplied by W Trout and Sons, of Topsham cost the cadets approximately £15,000, which was raised in less than two years. The majority of the money was donated by the Davey Barnstaple Trust, who gave the Cadets £11,000. The remainder of the money was raised through grants from the Barnstaple Town Council and a variety of fund raising activities, which saw committee members standing outside supermarkets rattling tins.The boat has been put through its paces by Chief Petty Officer Carl Williamson who treated passengers, which included Jeremy Phillips the Mayor of Barnstaple to trip around the estuary. It even assisted in a rescue when one cadet accidentally fell into the water.But the boat will also enable the cadets to obtain experience and qualifications in operating the powerboat and its use in rescues. Mark Davey, chief executive of the Davey Barnstaple Trust said: "The name Unicorn comes from a boat used during the Armada, which went out and got things done and the more this Unicorn is doing the better."Before the Unicorn , the Cadets main boat was the Cheverton Champ, now suffering from old age and undergoing repair work. The cadets also own a 14-oot dory, six walker bay sailing dinghies, two bosun dinghies, four toppers and two admiralty sailing crafts.Barnstaple Sea Cadets will also be using the new rescue boat as a marshaling and safety boat at the duck race on August 9, which is part of the Barnstaple Town Council's fund raising event for the Children's Hospice South West.