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With almost 20 years experience Inland Inflatable Service run by Ronan and Sinead Keys is moving to a new purpose built 8000 sq foot Rib Repair Centre in Collooney, Co Sligo.
The firm also stocks a large selection of new and used Yamaha and Honda outboard engines.
#MCIB - The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has called for better safety awareness among leisure boat users in its report into the deaths of two men off Helvick Head in Co Waterford in May 2010.
John O'Brien and Pat Esmonde were lost overboard from their small RIB on 23 May 2010, and their remains were recovered two days later. Post-mortems confirmed that both died by drowning.
The report does not conclude exactly how the incident occurred. But accounts from eyewitnesses who sighted the men in the minutes before state that neither was wearing a lifejacket, despite the legal requirement to do so - and despite O'Brien having no seafaring experience and Esmonde being unable to swim, as confirmed by their families.
The MCIB also noted that while there were two lifejackets aboard the vessel, they were for emergencies and not suitable for constant wear as per the requirements for the vessel class.
Other safety issues highlighted include the kill-cord on the engine, which was not being used, and the fact that the initial distress call was made by mobile phone and not VHF radio.
Though neither had any bearing on this specific incident, the MCIB warned in particular that mobile phone calls are closed in nature, whereas VHF distress calls can be heard and answered by any vessel in the vicinity.
The board recommends that the Minister for Transport "undertakes a highly visible information poster campaign on piers and launching areas relating to lifejackets, VHF radio and emergency contact details" and also reminds boaters of their legal obligations.
The full report is available to download as a PDF from the MCIB website HERE.
#RIBS–Antrim's Red Bay Boats are building a 16-metre RIB and the new model to the Red Bay range will have a number of commercial applications. The Northern Ireland boat firm is operating at full capacity with commercial orders this month, a tonic for these times, and the firm headed by Tom McLaughlin, will be exhibiting a full range at the UK Seaworks Boat Show in late May.
With the hull mold of the the new 16-metre craft completed, the first Redbay Stormforce 1650 is underway! The boat is going to be built as a Pilot Boat and will be used for demo's and will be on display at the upcoming boat shows.
The impressive 16m design is now under construction at Cushendall in County Antrim
The photos below show the first hull being laid with fibreglass. Beside the hull mold is the plug for the deck mold and the cabin mold which are still being made.
Power for the monster hull is coming from twin Volvo Penta D9 500hp engines coupled to ZF gearboxes with shafts and rudders. It is clearly a boat that will interest port companies in this country and around the world.
#FISHING – New Zealand's Stabicraft Marine has delivered nine custom 659 Wheel House vessels to Alaska where they will be used as observation boats to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery's interaction with sea mammals and sea birds. They look like practical boats similar in concept to Rigid inlfatables (RIBS) used in this country such as Ireland's own pioneering Red Bay Boats Cabin RIbs and also the Garda Siochana Water Unit's Delta Cabin RIBs currently deployed in Glandore Bay.
The vessel orders came at a special request from Saltwater Inc, a private organization that gathers data on wild life and fish stocks for the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game and by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The order is a coup for New Zealand based Stabicraft Marine, as the vessels had to meet stringent US criteria. Stabicraft as a manufacturer came under intense scrutiny for being a non US company as well as having to have an independent Marine Surveyor assess Stabicraft's design - ultimately endorsing their design and build.
The Stabicraft 659 Wheel House destined for fishery monitoring duties in Alaska
"Saltwater, Inc. located in Anchorage, Alaska, has ordered the vessels as part of a US federal government contract with national marine fisheries. It will last for the next two summers and will be located in the Petersburg-Wrangell area of southeast Alaska," says Stabicraft Marine Managing Director, Paul Adams.
Each boat will have an operator and observer onboard, some days the vessels and their operators will need to travel a total of 80 miles in all conditions and will be observing fishing vessels in the gill net fishery.
The vessels will be used in a variety of roles, mainly based around rivers and estuaries and offshore work.
"This is a significant order for Stabicraft. It has traditionally been very difficult for non-US boat manufacturers to supply vessels to be used in government projects. Its a real coup."
"We are led to believe that this is a high profile operation and everyone in the area will be watching these boats. Even though, they will be used in the inside waters of southeast Alaska, there are many days that the wind whips the seas up and the performance of these will be tested."
Each of the nine 659 Wheel House vessels had to meet stringent design and performance requirements such as visibility, stability and strength to cope with the often treacherous water conditions of Alaska.
Like all Stabicrafts, safety is a key feature. The 659 Wheel House features continuous tubes of individually sealed flotation chambers providing a 'Life Ring' of 2276 liters (601 gallons) of buoyancy on the upper-outer extremities of the boat. With the addition of an airtight chamber between the floor and the hull, these boats are virtually unsinkable. At rest, the GII Pontoon design sits in the water, giving increased stability for when the observers are moving around the forward cockpit.
Visibility is served by 6mm toughened glass all round the aft wheelhouse, with access to the cabin itself via full-length glass sliding twin doors front and rear of the cabin. To provide extra room for passenger comfort in the cabin, the cabin itself is wider at shoulder height than the gunnels.
Extra emphasis has been placed on the gunnel height of the vessels and was designed at 873mm (34in). The Stabicraft design team incorporated high gunnels to not only keep passengers safe when out on deck, but also would see the vessel being less likely to take on water and be safer.
"Stabicrafts are already inherently very strong and the pontoon design adds a lot of rigidity. On these particular 659 Wheel House vessels, this has been enhanced by the use of 6mm plate alloy for the hull, 4mm for the pontoons and 4mm for the cabin."
"The positive buoyancy tubes offer 'life-ring' security, the Saltwater Inc observers are going to be very, very safe when out on the job.'
The 9 Stabicraft vessels will begin on water operations in the coming weeks.
Stabicraft 659 Wheel House Specifications:
Length Overall: 6893mm (22.6ft)
External Beam: 2361mm (7.7ft)
Internal Beam: 1700mm (5.5ft)
Gunnel Height: 873mm (2.8ft)
Cabin Height: 1988mm (6.5ft)
Cabin Width: 1842mm (6.0ft)
Fuel Capacity: 284litres (75 Gallons)
Vessel Weight: Approx 1100kg (2,425lbs)
Max Persons: 7
Max Persons Weight: 495kg (1092lbs)
Max Load (Persons, Motors, Gear): 958kg (2113lbs)
Motor Max Hp: 2x 150hp outboards
#AVONRIBS – Worldwide specialist Jet RIB tender designer and manufacturer Avon is displaying its entire 2012 Seasport Jet Tender range at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show 2012 today.
The recently launched Seasport 380 Jet Tender will be accompanied by the recently upgraded Seasport 330 and 430 Jet Tenders.
All three tenders in the Seasport range are powered by a super-charged, 4-stroke HP jet engine, providing a safe yet exhilarating experience on the water. The entire range is now available in three tube colours including grey, navy blue and camel, and are equipped with high quality flush mount stainless steel fittings, maintaining the innovative and stylish design that has become synonymous with AVON tenders.
The new AVON Seasport 380 Jet Tender provides a large amount of internal space and includes seating for up to five adults and one child (under 37.5kgs). The tender offers upholstered seating for two passengers at the rear and up to three seats at the bow. Depending on the model size, the Seaport 330 and 430 also benefit from these seating upgrades.
Manufactured using high quality Hypalon™-Neoprene™ fabric, the tubes are now removable on the Seasport Jet 380 and 430 for easy maintenance. The Hypalon™- Neoprene™ tubing has been extensively tested to prove that it is seaworthy in all conditions, including exposure to UV rays in tropical conditions.
Upgrades to the Seasport Jet Tender range include upholstered seats as well as the option to include a luxurious teak deck, now also available in synthetic, and a telescopic bathing ladder. All three Jet Tenders have an adjustable steering wheel angle which enables easy storage inside the garage or on the stern platform or flybridge of the yacht. All of these features have been designed with ease of use and the comfort of the user in mind.
The latest AVON Seasport Jet Tender range is on display at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. For more information please visit stand H105
#ZODIACRIBS – Rigid Inflatable manufaturer Zodiac continues to evolve its range of RIBs, inflatable boats, tenders and liferafts with the some new concepts, new hulls and designs.
In addition to displaying three new models for the first time at today's Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, including the Cadet 310 Neo, Pro Classic 420 and the Yachtline Deluxe 420, Zodiac® has recently introduced a new, luxurious Medline range of boats as well as adding three new tenders to the Zoom range. To maintain their position as a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Ribs, Zodiac® has also renewed its N-ZO, Pro, Pro Open and Cadet Ribs, ranges to give its customers more choice.
Trevor Newton-Walker, Customer Services Manager of Zodiac commented: "Our customers have a huge array of requirements when it comes to choosing the right boat, Rib or tender and Zodiac® is constantly striving to offer as many options as possible. This year alone we have added six new boats from 5m to 7.60m, eight new Cadet Rib models to many of our ranges and have re-designed seven boats so they can give the best performance possible when out on the water. Zodiac will continue to extend the possibilities for its customers in addition to leading the way in the design and manufacturing of RIBs".
The recent renewal of the Medline range with the Medline 500, 540 and 580 highlights Zodiac's® capabilities in creating a boat that makes sailing as stress free as possible both at sea and on land. Equipped with spacious sundecks and depending on the model size, a large aft bathing platform, this new range, complemented by new hulls, a new design and new tubes has been created to optimise time spent on-board.
Following the theme of luxury on-board, Italian designer Vittorio Garroni has once again used his exceptional talent to develop the new N-ZO 600, 680 and 760 with the needs of recreational boat owners in mind. Meeting necessary technical specifications and featuring exclusive lines, the N-ZO range is designed to offer passenger safety and comfort.
The ever popular Pro and Pro Open ranges have both been updated and re-designed to offer more options to customers and continue to be the perfect boats for water sports, fishing and relaxing. The models in the Pro range are now offered with a variety of tube designs and a choice between PVC or Hypalon™-Neoprene™ fabric in addition to a wide choice of colours. The re-designed Pro Open range incorporates bright and energetic accents of colour while the 550 is now equipped with a rear passenger seat which will safely and comfortably seat three passengers.
Purchasers of the Zodiac® Pro Classic 420, displayed at the Boat Show, alongside other models in the Sports Cruising Range have the option to customise the deck layout of the boat with various seat and console options to suit their individual requirements. Users are also offered a choice between a white or grey polyester hull and matching accessories. Available in red or black PVC or grey Hypalon™-Neoprene™, depending on the model, the Pro Classic was designed to offer unparalleled safety on board and includes a non-slip deck. The Pro Classic 420 offers a high load capacity, seating up to seven passengers.
Also on display at the London Boat Show is the Zodiac® Yachtline Deluxe 420, part of a sleek, attractive range of tenders, perfect for any yacht user. It now offers a choice on Hypalon™- Neoprene™ tube colours including white/blue, white/camel and white/grey. The tender has been designed with ultimate comfort in mind and can accommodate up to six people. The hull has been adapted to work in conjunction with heavy 4-stroke motors and bow rise is minimal making it incredibly easy to manoeuvre. In keeping with the beautiful design, all of the fittings on board, including the bow rail and mooring cleats are made from stainless steel.
Accommodating up to five people, the Zodiac® Cadet 310 Neo is equipped with a medium 'V' shaped fibreglass hull to provide excellent performance on the water. The large diameter buoyancy tube is available in Strongan™, an incredibly tough and durable fabric or Hypalon™- Neoprene™, which has a high shock absorbency and both provide advanced stability. Both materials are extensively tested to prove that it is seaworthy in all conditions, including exposure to UV rays in tropical conditions. The anti-skid fibreglass deck, combined with the bow storage locker makes it one of the most safe, comfortable tenders to sail, even in choppy waters.
Capitalising on its experience at sea, Zodiac® has expanded the Zoom range with three new dinghies including the Zoom 200 Roll Up, Zoom 260 Roll Up and Zoom 230 Aero. Known as a compact, robust range, the extension to the models already on offer presents customers with an affordable, safe option when sailing.
Zodiac® vessels are synonymous with style and safety. For more information please visit stand H105 at the Boat Show
#PERTH2011 – British Olympic poster boy Ben Ainslie has been disqualified from both of today's Finn races in Perth, dashing any chance of a much sought after world title in the run up to the Olympics.
The three time Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie (GBR) boarded a media RIB covering the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship and Ainslie is alleged to have 'grabbed' a cameraman.
Ben Ainslie ashore in Perth - Photo: Ocean Images
An ISAF press statement just released says:
"Following today’s incident with Ben Ainslie (GBR), a hearing was heard by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69.".
The International Jury’s decision is: GBR 3 is to be scored DGM for Races 9 and 10.
This means that Ainslie is disqualified from Races 9 and 10 and those scores cannot be excluded.
Britain's sailing superstar had just finished second to Dutch sailor PJ Postma in the first race of the day.
The Perth Now website says a 'confrontation' on board the media boat arose because Ainslie had been angered by the media boat creating a wash that aided a rivals.
He jumped from his craft, swam to the media vessel and climbed aboard.
After the incident Ainslie dived off the bow of the RIB and swam back to his abandoned dinghy.
Photographer Mick Anderson captured the incident.
The whole sequence of pictures can be seen here
Comments from the British Camp:
- Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager:
Clearly this is a disappointing position for Ben and of course for the team. It's particularly disappointing bearing in mind that all parties that spoke at the hearing all effectively said exactly the same thing. Everyone accepted that there was fault on both the side of the television production crew and indeed on Ben's side. Unfortunately because of the situation we were in, with the sport trying to move to better television images to appeal to that market, sometimes there's a learning process to go through from a television perspective and sometimes there are implications and this is an example of one of those.
Both parties, the television side and Ben have both apologised to each other and as far they're concerned we're ready just to go back out and get on with our respective jobs tomorrow.
It's particularly disappointing that this Championship has effectively been determined in this way in the jury room rather than between sailors on the water.
There have been various rumours in the media about Ben having 'assaulted' the driver of the boat. As far as we're concerned there wasn't an assault which took place, and as far as the driver was concerned that was part of his statement to the jury so we're pretty keen to put that to bed and recognised that that's a bit of over exaggeration and sensationalism.
While we accept the penalty from the jury and do not condone Ben's behaviour, i would hope, on the basis of the jury's facts found, that it is recognised that lessons need to be learned both from the side of the International Sailing Federation as organising authority as well as the sailors. At the moment the sport seems to be fumbling its way into trying to make the sport more appealing for television but surely there is a better way than trialling new race formats, rule regulations and specifically in this case media initiatives than trialling them at the World Championship which is arguably the most important event in the Olympic cycle outside of the Games themselves.
I overreacted to what I thought was a situation where I felt my performance was being severely hindered. I'm very thankful that everyone involved has taken it how it was - as something which was blown out of proportion in terms of what actually happened. We've all apologised to each other and are looking forward to moving on.
I'm obviously really disappointed with the decision. Unfortunately it's part and parcel of the sport trying to develop its area within TV and in a number of instances this week that line has been crossed and that's something which everyone has to accept is a development.
I'm very sorry that the jury decided to react the way they did over something which really wasn't as big as it was blown up to be. It's very disappointing that the Championship has been decided this way. I've worked extremely hard over the last six weeks and have been training incredibly hard to get to this position in a venue which has been difficult for me with my size against the bigger sailors. I feel like I've actually sailed one of the best regattas of my life so to be in this situation now is very disappointing but I certainly hope now that it's one of the British boats on top of the podium if it can't be me.
Both Portrush Lifeboats were in action on Saturday afternoon (15th October) to rescue four people in an overturned boat at the Barmouth at Portstewart.
Both boats were launched at 15.50 hours on a wet dark afternoon after reports had been received of an overturned rib. When the Inshore boat arrived on scene there was a heavy 2 metre swell. Three people were on top of the rib and one in the water.
The volunteer ILB crew got the person in the water into the lifeboat by which time the All-weather lifeboat was on scene. All persons were then transferred to the ALB and taken to Portrush.
All were wearing wetsuits and did not require medical attention.
Robin Cardwell LOM stated
'This was a perfect example of team work between the two crews of the lifeboats from Portrush There was no hesitation in the volunteer crews responding to this shout. Each man knew what he had to do to bring the four people and their rib ashore'.
More from UK coastguard source here:
Belfast Coastguard received a '999' call from a member of the public at 3:48 pm informing them that they had witnessed a small boat capsize and there were people in the water. Coastguard Rescue Officers from Coleraine were sent to the scene. The Portrush inshore and all weather RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch and the Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter from Sligo was scrambled.
Steve Carson, Watch Manager, Belfast Coastguard, says:
"The inshore lifeboat was first on scene and discovered one person in the water and a further five people on the upturned hull of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). The conditions on scene were challenging with a large sea swell.
All six people have now been transferred to the all weather lifeboat and taken to Portrush Harbour and do not require further medical assistance.
The RHIB is being towed to harbour by the lifeboat.
We would like to remind the public that if they witness an incident along the shoreline or on the coast to ring '999' and ask for the Coastguard. Swift action from the member of the public this afternoon greatly assisted in the rescue of the six people in the water."
There's a new look to Red Bay Boats all new look 6. 5 metre RIB and by all accounts from this week's Southampton Boat Show the Irish built performance RIB is a real head turner. They could've easily be dubbed the Show boat, 'Silver shadow' or then again 'White Lady' with her stunning tubes, stianless steel work, seating and white hull.
The Stormforce 650 is one of the most innovative RIBs produced by Redbay so far. The design came from a need for a standardised RIB of around 6.5 metres that could be built quicker and lighter in the County Antrim factory.The 650 has one of the best handling hulls in its class, and we've seen her easily out-perform larger rival RIBs in rough weather. Although the basic hull is that of the Stormforce 6.5, the 650 features a redesigned bow and sheer line.
Master boat builder Tom McLaughlin was on the Southampton stand talking to Rib enthusiasts from across Ireland and the UK. The Red Bay name is now synonymous with heavy weather Ribbing and the boats have a reputation for their safety and comfort in big seas.
The 650 features a fully moulded internal deck. This gives a a fresh clean appearance. It also makes it easy to maintain. The 650 features a standard 4 seater side by side console and bow locker. The deck can be either finished in a quality non-slip coating or as in the case of the Show boat above with an in tek-deck.
It is fitted with a 175hp Suzuki 4-stroke outboard, 4-seater console, Garmin 750s touchscreen chartplotter, Garmin 100i DSC VHF, teak-decking, LED navigation lights.