26 Apr The new 950 cruiser
Easter weekend saw the launch of the first RIB to
incorporate our latest cabin design. The 950-E was commissioned by an existing
Redbay customer from outside the UK and is based on our renowned 950 hull that
excelled in the Round Ireland Challenge.
This RIB has the new Yanmar 8-LV powerplant, external seating for eight
and full length double berths in a cabin form that wraps back to provide
passenger shelter underway. The cabin
has also space for a sea toilet and is secured with a lockable custom folding GRP
door. Although it is designed to operate
commercially, we created a “leisure” feel throughout by incorporating
most coding features into the structure.
The eight person SOLAS raft is neatly secured in the bow and the fire
fighting equipment is incorporated into the mouldings of the engine box and
console. The majority of the seating is
removable to clear working space when required.
The A-frame supports a full height canopy that provides a dry helming
position while underway.
The V-8 biturbo Yanmar develops 370hp and provides huge
torque evenly spread across a wide range of revs with no noticeable turbo
lag. Initial sea trials saw the RIB
quick to plane, achieve 28kts at 2800RPM and power on to over 40kts. Our remit was for extended operating ability
so the 450l tank provides for an endurance of over 300Nm at cruising
speeds. Lenco trim tabs are fitted to
provide extra control in adverse sea conditions. Final electronics fitout will include twin
Lowrance plotters, twin VHF, AIS, radar, sound system and wifi network access.
The 950-E will remain at Redbay Boats until it’s first
service is carried out and will depart in late May following completion of crew
training with Redbay Powerboat School.