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Airfloat: and Carbery Plastics Join Forces to Promote Modular Pontoons

8th October 2023
Part of the Wicklow Swimming Pier installed by Airfloat
Part of the Wicklow Swimming Pier installed by Airfloat

Airfloat Modular Pontoons has partnered with and Carbery Plastics to extend its modular pontoon range. The partnership will leverage the expertise and resources of both companies to expand Airfloat's market reach and cater to a broader customer base.

Airfloat Pontoons on hire in Grand Canal Dock assisting in the refurbishment of the new Google HeadquartersAirfloat Pontoons on hire in Grand Canal Dock assisting in the refurbishment of the new Google Headquarters

Airfloat Modular Pontoons is renowned for its innovative modular pontoons that offer stability, flexibility, and durability in the maritime sector. Its modular solutions make it easier and more efficient for harbours, marinas, and waterfront developments to meet their unique requirements. These customizable pontoons allow for easy installation and adaptability to changing needs.

Airfloat Pontoons Supporting KPMG at the Irish Womens Open Golf ChampionshipsAirfloat Pontoons Supporting KPMG at the Irish Womens Open Golf Championships is a leading provider of maritime equipment and services, bringing a wealth of knowledge in project management, engineering, and customer support. Their experience in maritime construction projects, harbour installations, and offshore structures will enhance Airfloat's ability to deliver seamless solutions to their clients.

Carbery Plastics is renowned for its engineering capabilities, particularly in the plastics industry. With decades of experience in rotational moulding and fabrication of plastic products, Carbery Plastics will contribute significantly to Airfloat's manufacturing processes. Through their technical expertise, Carbery Plastics aims to streamline production and improve the quality of Airfloat's modular pontoons, ensuring long-lasting durability and reliability.

Airfloat Pontoons supporting Pure Magic Watersports at the 'Battle for the Lake 2023'Airfloat Pontoons supporting Pure Magic Watersports at the 'Battle for the Lake 2023'

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Kenneth Rumball

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Kenny Rumball is the Principal of the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. He is a multi dinghy champion and offshore sailor. In 2018 he was awarded the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seamanship Trophy for a Man Overboard Rescue in the Round Ireland Race. In May 2020 he embarked on a mixed offshore doublehanded keelboat campaign with Pamela Lee.

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The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is based on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier on Dublin Bay and in the heart of Ireland's marine leisure capital.

Whether you are looking at beginners start sailing course, a junior course or something more advanced in yacht racing, the INSS prides itself in being able to provide it as Ireland's largest sailing school.

Since its establishment in 1978, INSS says it has provided sailing and powerboat training to approximately 170,000 trainees. The school has a team of full-time instructors and they operate all year round. Lead by the father and son team of Alistair and Kenneth Rumball, the school has a great passion for the sport of sailing and boating and it enjoys nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. 

Programmes include:

  • Shorebased Courses, including VHF, First Aid, Navigation
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  • Junior Sailing
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History of the INSS

Set up by Alistair Rumball in 1978, the sailing school had very humble beginnings, with the original clubhouse situated on the first floor of what is now a charity shop on Dun Laoghaire's main street. Through the late 1970s and 1980s, the business began to establish a foothold, and Alistair's late brother Arthur set up the chandler Viking Marine during this period, which he ran until selling on to its present owners in 1999.

In 1991, the Irish National Sailing School relocated to its current premises at the foot of the West Pier. Throughout the 1990s the business continued to build on its reputation and became the training institution of choice for budding sailors. The 2000s saw the business break barriers - firstly by introducing more people to the water than any other organisation, and secondly pioneering low-cost course fees, thereby rubbishing the assertion that sailing is an expensive sport.