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  # 311
Seawork 2011
14th - 16th June

Seawork 2011

Seawork 2011

Suzuki - Ribcraft

Suzuki 200 on Ribcraft
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CoastalPro Seating
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Redbay Boats 850

New Redbay Boats 850
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Seawork 2011
Seawork sets out a RIBWork Trail at its annual show as a showcase for RIB designers, builders and operators. It also includes those who supply and manufacture equipment to the RIB market. Stands display a RIBWork logo to help fast-track visitors to the stands, berths, conferences and seminars. HotRIBS' last visit to Seawork was in 2009, in particular the RIBwork trail.

The rib constructors were represented by:

    • Avon Inflatables/Zodiac MilPro
    • BAE Systems
    • DeBatts
    • Delta Power Group
    • Eco-Marine
    • Marine Specialised Technology
    • Ribcraft
    • Parker Ribs
    • Red Bay Boats

Shock Mitigation Seats for use on RIBs were represented by:

    • CoastalPro
    • ScotSeats, KPM-Marine
    • Shockwave
    • Ullman Dynamics

Four notable RIB constructors had disappeared from the show since our last visit in 2009 and with just ten RIBs afloat, and one new manufacturer, Eco-Marine (Coventry), the overall RIB presence was low, just those who have a genuine focus on commercial quality built boats.

The show's 'in phrase' for most products was Eco friendly this and Eco friendly that! Windfarm hard hull support vessels were in abundance but no RIBs were promoted towards this emerging market place except for Eco-Marine who targeted fast crew transports. They had just a nose cone on show from their only model the EcoXR24, which is based on the hull form of a past 7.2m Osprey but with a structure optimised for minimum weight offering excellent performance and fuel economy.

Shock mitigation seating is a key issue in today's working boats of all types as under current euro guidance impact forces and comfort for operatives at sea are being targeted to meet the same level as that felt when riding on a bus! Ullman, the original pace setters, now have some serious competition in price and performance from the recently developed ScotSeats range. These high energy absorbing seats still command a pretty penny and are targeted at commercial operators who need to keep their personnel comfortable for many hours offshore. CoastalPro have taken a slightly different direction and have produced seat pod mounted units which enable continued use of the storage capacity inside the pods. They are very neat and compact units and I expect work well on inshore craft, the result is a price tag less than half of the commercial offshore competition.

Redbay Boats brought their latest Stormforce RIB, an 850 targeted for Sea-Safari, Patrol, or Diving applications. This model has been selected by Charles Stewart of Redbay Powerboating, a RYA Training Centre, and fitted out with student consoles on which are mounted duplicate sets of navigation instruments and VHF radios.

One of the more exciting exhibits was the MSV Explorer Rig, although nothing at all to do with RIBs it's a catamaran set-up with a high spec 4 seat MSV Explorer Mk II fitted. Although the Explorers look like mini subs, they are in fact surface water craft, designed to place two observers in an acrylic cockpit at a constant 1.2 m below the surface of the ocean. No need for scuba gear or any form of specialist training. Simply push the joystick and go in any direction, with a 360 degree turn on its own axis capability. All in a very eye catching yellow submarine finish.

Some pictures from the show: Photo Gallery.

June 2011