#RIB - Tom Prendeville writes in the Sunday Independent about Donegal's Atlantic Composites, whose co-founder Timmy Boyle has built a successful line in "unsinkable" boats.
Boyle, a mechanical engineering fitter by trade, identified a gap in the domestic market for off-the-shelf rigid inflatable boats, or RIBs, while competing in the 2006 Round Ireland Swim.
Few of these boats – commonly used as inshore lifeboats, and perfect for the varying conditions Ireland's coastal waters can throw at them – were being made in Ireland at the time.
So Boyle and a colleague enlisted the help of South African naval architect Kobus Potgieter in developing their first prototype, which faced rigorous sea trials.
The rest, as they say, is history, and the Sunday Independent has much more on the story HERE.