05 Apr A new dive RIB for IOM
Mike and Tom Keggen have just taken delivery of their new custom dive charter RIB ‘Kirree Varrey’. This concept had been on the drawing board for a number of years,in fact the very first discussions started shortly after Mike and Tom took delivery of their Stormforce 9.5 dive RIB ‘Trostan’ back in 2010.
The only stumbling block was finding the right donor vessel to customise, luckily in 2013 KE1 was traded back into Redbay Boats Ltd which green lighted this fairly ambitious custom Job.
Mike had always felt that a large open deck Stormforce 11 would serve his growing dive business brilliantly and asked that extend the aft deck to incorporate seating for 10 divers and his hydraulic dive lift. To operate successfully the guys also felt that an outer helm position was key to dropping on to wreck sites and and safely managing divers in the water.
Over the winter of 2013/14 ‘KE1’ as it was then known went through a major re-fit which included fitting the following:
- a new 1 metre long high level stern platform
- a diver lift
- an outer helm position
- a bow thruster system
- an onboard toliet
- new and extended stern rails and aft deck bewnch seating
- new Garmin electronics.
- new moulded liferaft carriers
The net result of such a major re-fit is a boat capable of doing the work of a vessel more than twice it’s length as every inch of the vessel from bow to stern is now utilised. The boat has a comfort cabin with dry warm seating for 10 and a large after weather deck for kitting up so the passengers can choose to sit in or out of the wather as they see fit.
This project once again shows the versatility of the Stormforce design and the ability of Redbay to meet the most demanding of deign challenges.
With pre-owned boats as well built as the Stormforce it is always possible to re-invent and extend the life cycle to suit whatever the new role may be.
Team redbay would like to wish Mike and Tom every success with their new vessel ‘Kirree Varrey’.