Eric Hartley

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Eric Hartley
The Pathfinder
Eric Hartley is an escort pilot who navigates the English Channel with the Channel Swimming Association. He has been operating out of the port of Folkestone for 20 years. He holds an RYA Certificate for Coastal Skipper, plus a Boat Master’s Licence issued by the MCA.

Boat: Pathfinder
Passengers & crew: 12
Category: 2 (2= 60 miles from port)
Boat: Offshore 105 Engine: Iveco 320 h.p. turbo charged
Size: Length 10.5m Beam 3.5 m
Speed: Max 20 knots. Cruise 13 Knots
Life Jackets, Lifebuoys and Life raft
Flares and Fire Extinguishers
Type: Work Boat
Contact: Eric Hartley at Tel :+44 (0) 1322 669159 or Mobile : 07831 386446

Radar: Raymarine
GPS: Raymarine
Fish Finder: JMC
AIS: Commar
Radios: Furuno and Icon
AIS : Transponder
VHF: Radio

Within the cabin area is a flushing W.C. a microwave and a gas ring for making tea, etc. The boat is based in the port of Folkestone for 9 months whilst taking fishing parties out, but will be based in the port of Dover during July, August and September when doing cross-Channel swimming events. The vessel carries full safety equipment and has the latest electronic navigation equipment.

English Channel Pilots

Registered Channel Swimming Association escort pilots include the following individuals:
Andy King
Eric Hartley
Fred Mardle
Kevin Sherman
Peter Reed
Ray Cooper
Reg Brickell, Jr.
Stuart Gleeson


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