SIBS 2023: Island RIBs launches new 10m utility vessel
Isle of Wight-based boatbuilder Island RIBs has launched a new 10m high-performance utility Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) at the 2023 Southampton Boat Show.
Island says the new 10m RIB has been built to be adaptable for a wide range of uses, from chase boat or commercial applications to the serious recreational customer wanting to explore further afield.
With large (660L) fuel capacity and high horsepower capability together with a soft-riding hull, shock-absorbing seats and full-size hard-top bimini for protection from the elements, the new 10m RIB is designed to be exceptionally sea-kind.
Its large deck area allows for a range of configurations, easy crew and equipment transport, and transfers at sea. The console cuddy can be fitted with single or V berth, sea heads, and has equipment stowage space.
The RIB is powered by twin Suzuki DF325 outboard engines, allowing for economical and fast long-distance cruising. It comes equipped with a fully electronic power steering system with joystick control, and an extensive Raymarine advanced navigation system with a thermal imaging camera.
As with the firm’s 7m series vessels, the 10m RIB conforms to the Recreational Craft Directive, ensuring the vessel’s safety and environmental compliance, and it can be MCA coded to CAT 2 for commercial use.
All Island RIBs are designed and manufactured at the boat builder’s Kingston Works factory in East Cowes within a process-controlled, low-waste environment.
Island RIBs currently supplies boats to commercial organisations, Williams Shipping and Sea Start, and aids scientific research around the globe, supplying the British Antarctic Survey, Sea Start and Falklands Conservation for use in monitoring the region’s whale population.
Visitors to the 2023 Southampton Boat Show can find Island RIBs on berth M075.
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