Eric Hartley is an escort pilot who navigates the English Channel with the Channel Crossing 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.
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
Fish Finder: JMC
Radios: Furuno and Icon
AIS : Transponder
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
Channel Crossing Association
Hartley co-escorted a relay crossing of the English Channel on 7 April 2017 in 11 hours 26 minutes, organized by Howard James for The Alexa Trust, with pilot Andy King of the Channel Crossing Association. It was the earliest relay crossing in English Channel history and included Matthew Culverwell (1st), Redy Redfern (2nd), Rory Fitzgerald (3rd), Phia Steyn (4th), Jeremy Irvine (5th), Clare Hansell (6th), Pip Barry (7th), and Annette Stewart (8th).