April Launches

April Launches


Redbay specialise in building dive boats and this latest launch is based on our 6.1 hull, these dive boats have been designed with input from various dive clubs, and developed over a number of years we believe these boats to be the best available.

Special features on the boat start with the upright console which houses all the electrics, batteries, kill switch etc its height enables an oxygen bottle to stand upright. Inside it the shelf provides dry storage for all the valuables. It is fitted with a screen and grab handles and positioned forward enough to give extra deck space. Forward of the console is the anchor locker with a stainless steel bollard and bow fairlead, aft of the console we have a ten bottle rack with fin storage and a hinged helmsman seat. When the seat is folded down there is a walk through between the bottle rack and console. The bottle rack has support struts fibre-glassed into the floor for extra strength as the rack is used as a handhold for all as the boat moves between dives. The large deck allows for up to ten fully kitted divers to be carried. At the rear the A-Frame which is 2” heavy duty s/s carries a lot of equipment including nav lights, top light flag staff, holding pins for the lighting board, aerials and holders for flare boxes. A dive ladder can also be
attached to the frame. This hull is our new light weight construction with foam core back bones and cored plastic floor. The total weight with a Suzuki 140hp and trailer is 1050kg and the boat planes quickly with 10 full kitted divers. Our dive boats are available from 5.5mtr up to 11mtr. The boat will be delivered to existing customers in Dublin in the next few days.


The second 6.1 launched this week is a modified 6.1 for a sailing school in Montenegro. The bow was modified to give a square flat front to the tube so that the rib would be capable of pushing yachts into berths.

The boat will be used for sailing  training. The offset single console leaves a clear deck for sails. At the port side forward of the A Frame there is an electric rope hauler. For the hauling of sailing marks, we have built a special moulded box to carry the hauler and keep the rope clear of the tube when hauling. Power comes from a 150hp 4 stroke mercury which gives top speed of  38kts.
The boat was shipped to Montenegro via our agent MRL at Southampton.


This week also sees the launch of the first of our new Stormforce 12 metre hulls. This boat will join a fleet of two 11mtr’s based in Oban and run by Coastal Connections. This 12mtr has been designed for various commercial roles which include passenger carrying, freight carrying wind farm/fish farm work lighthouse and buoy servicing.

The cabin features a bow door opening onto a self draining deck with steps onto the bow platform for boarding. The rear door leads onto a large back deck area which is designed to carry up a ton of weight. The bow deck is also suitable for carrying a pallet. This boat is powered by twin 380 Yanmar diesels driving through Hamilton water jets with ZF gear boxes. The top speed with be 38 knots with economical cruising at 25 knots. Electronics include both Garmin and Raymarine plotters, AIS; Twin VHF’S and deck cameras. The cabin seats fourteen people with removable seats which can be configured in various layouts with tables. The boat is fully MCA coded and has been tested with 15 persons and 1 ton of freight. She will be at Seawork in June in Southampton. For further details contact www.coastal-connection.co.uk

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