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Big Military Zodiac RIB Visits Cork Harbour

8th July 2019
With a total of 1,400 HP, the ZH-1300 has a maximum speed of 55+ knots in full load condition, and with a 1,893 litre (approx. 500 gallons) fuel capacity, she can traverse 350 nautical miles at 35 knots With a total of 1,400 HP, the ZH-1300 has a maximum speed of 55+ knots in full load condition, and with a 1,893 litre (approx. 500 gallons) fuel capacity, she can traverse 350 nautical miles at 35 knots Photo: Bob Bateman

Cork Harbour had an impressive RIB visitor when a Zodiac Hurricane ZH-1300 MACH II OB Interceptor called to the south coast earlier this month writes Bob Bateman

The new model is the newest and largest platform of the Zodiac Hurricane range and had its world debut in 2017.

Spotted on board on her harbour tour was Crosshaven RNLI's James Fegan and his wife Caroline. 

Also invited onboard in Cork Harbour were members of Mallow Search and Rescue who, according to its Facebook page, travelled to the Harbour's Naval base for a demo day with Zodiac Milpro.

Dubbed the Interceptor, the ZH-1300 demo boat shows the nimble manoeuvrability normally associated with smaller craft and, say Zodiac, it addresses the needs of end users in the Military and Patrol boat market for larger platforms, with focus on speed, handling and stability.

Zodiac Hurricane 13m3This 13-metre platform is propelled by quad (4x) Mercury Verado 350 HP outboard engines

The boat is designed around an aluminium hull and deck and features the 'MACH 2' stepped-hull design.

Zodiac Hurricane 13m2The ZH-1300 OB is fitted with a dual console, featuring a pilot and navigator in the forward positions, and communication and team commander positions at the aft console, all with drop-down, shock-mitigation seating

Based on proven 9- and 11-meter MACH II hull models, the larger size allows for higher payloads and additional deck space, while providing superior seakeeping and higher speed capability in rough water conditions.

The patented Hybrid shaped collar features round sections at the bow and D-shape sections in the aft two-thirds, while the Durarib™ patented foam and air technology design provides exceptional strength and impact resistance. The collar is also equipped with an auto-inflation system and integrated dive door.

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