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25th - 27th June
Most certainly a significant reduction in the number of RIB manufacturers than represented a few years ago but nevertheless between them there were more RIB's on display than ever before. The C-Fury catamaran coastal patrol craft demonstrated the unique abilities of this type of hull for some interesting commercial applications. Delta brought one of their 'class' type approved craft and MST brought along some exciting large boat examples from their huge Dutch military contract and, as another example, its latest 8m Fisheries & Conservation vessel. Powered by waterjet it's fitted out as a patrol and enforcement craft pulling a top speed of close to 50kts.
Piranha Ribs brought their P10 model which is to compete in this year's Round Ireland Challenge. Based on the Ballistic RIB hull of concave chines it has been extended, modified and updated to give what is said to be one of the driest, fastest and best handling RIBs on the market.
Robust Boats had one of their Alimal 700 RIBs on the pontoon. Powered by Yamaha these aluminium built ribs welded from heavy duty 5mm marine aluminium (grade 5083) and fitted with 1200gsm hypalon tubes, are bespoke built to customer requirements.
Ribcraft UK had four professional boats on display, three of these on the water including a harbour pilot boat and Magellan Zulu, a 7.8m RIB recently returned from a 2,000m trip to Norway by Mike & Di Garside to commemorate the Heroes of Telemark. She is designed to undertake passages up to 300 miles with a reasonable level of comfort for her two mature crew. Small enough to be easily trailed across Europe and fit into a shipping container for adventures further afield. You can catch up (on Facebook) with this great adventure by visiting: The Great Norwegian Solo RIB Raid. The Ribcraft cider and cheese hospitality is great too, but that's another story.
Redbay Boats impressed with a magnificent brand new boat which takes their manufacture to a whole new commercial level. The world launch of their latest RIB, a 16.5m Pilot boat which attracted a lot of attention from harbour authorities and others looking for an all weather performing boat. Delivery to the show from the factory in Northern Ireland encountered massive 10m seas around Lands End and the Lizard during the gales of the previous week-end. Some sea trial, some all weather performance! Redbay brought four other boats to the show including an interesting 7.4m diesel engined model powered by an Hyhundi Seasall S250.
Seahorse Marine, established in Canada in 1997, displayed on the hardstanding one model from their range of 4.5m open RIB to an 18m, 100 + passenger ferry. They are experts on the construction of rigid collared boats in a range of materials suited to the demanding requirements of military and commercial clients.
At the moment there is no definitive or qualitative standard on the performance of seating currently being manufactured and sold. What was very apparent was that the biggest influence on the health and safety of crew and passengers is the person in control of the throttle! It was very interesting to hear about the work that will be undertaken by Dr.Johan Ullman in his role as medical doctor on the forthcoming Venture Cup - London to Monte Carlo powerboat race, to capture vibration and impact data seen by the competitors. For the very first time seat testing work is also to be carried out by the MOD which should provide standards that seating suppliers must meet, particulary in regard to MOD purchase but will provide valuable information to the everyday commercial and leisure marine sectors. Perhaps expect a grading system similar to the categories currently used in boat construction for the different abilities in different sea conditions. We shall see.
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Some show pics: Photo Gallery.