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Ribcraft introduces its latest addition to police and military range




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Ribcraft introduces its latest addition to police and military range

British manufacturer Ribcraft UK has announced the latest addition to its police and military range. The all-new Ribcraft 8.0 boasts Ribcraft's signature military grade solid deep V hull with a free running deck together with a heavy-duty anti-slip decking finish.  The boat's length over all (LOA) is 8.00 m and it measures 2.85 m across the beam.

Innovative features include the Hypalon inflatable tube manufactured from heavy-duty premium Military Grey fabric impression. It comprises a conventional O shaped sponson around the bow section for increased buoyancy which gradually converts into a D shaped collar along the sides to the transom to maximise the deck operating space.

The boat features  a custom-made stainless steel A frame, black powder coated , two solid stainless steel tow bollards, and an integrated stainless steel bow winch eye strong point and transom mounted towing eyes.

Jason Purvey, general manager of Ribcraft UK, explains the company's innovative thinking behind the Ribcraft 8.0m. He says, "We have continued to revisit every aspect of the design and construction throughout the years and developed a range of extremely tough RIBs. The new addition to the range, not only features the tough Ribcraft construction, but is also technologically advanced. We are bringing operational intelligence with the new Reygar Barefleet digital monitoring system which provides real time data and remote monitoring reports on boat performance, engine hours, fuel consumption, live boat motion and vessel location."

In terms of layout, the RIB is equipped with two Ullman jockey suspension seats for optimal open deck space. The seat design optimises body posture while the spring and damping system of the semi active progressive shock mitigation system takes care of the high forces during impact.

The wide bespoke console features a large mounting area for comms and nav systems, four chambers for dry storage and system isolation, three waterproof access hatches and glovebox. There is a folding spray windscreen which offers great protection in high winds and rough seas.

The console houses full communication and navigation equipment including two ICOM M423G VHF / DSC Radios with Procom Aerial, an Icom HM-195 COMMANDMIC, together with a Plotter Repeater heading sensor transducer raydome for radar, Garmin GPS map chart plotter and a cutting edge Garmin Panoptix Live scope transducer. This allows the operator to see incredibly sharp real-time scanning sonar images up to 200 feet down and away even when the boat is stationary.

Built to endure heavy duty missions, the tube is protected by military grade cladding and Ribcraft's signature impact push bow, sprayed over with indestructible coating. The hull is also reinforced with a full length Toughtec indestructible keelguard, and integrated heavy duty bow ramming tow eye.

The boat is powered by a Yanmar 8LV 370 horsepower diesel 4 stroke engine to enable the vessel to be highly responsive and quick on missions. Combining this with the SeaStar Optimus steering system, the vessel makes light work of tight turns and rough conditions.

Future projects for Ribcraft include plans to convert the 8.0 PRO to fully unmanned. Enabling continual access to hard-to-reach locations and removal of humans from hostile and dangerous environments, the converted unmanned surface vessel (USV) will have capabilities for remote control or full autonomous operation, whilst collecting and relaying information back to a main ground control station. Stay tuned for updates.

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Notes to Editors:

•Ribcraft was founded in the late eighties and has since gained an enviable reputation as the leading British builder of reliable and superbly manufactured Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS).

•Ribcraft is one of the only British manufacturers to design and construct the entire boat ‘in-house' at its purpose built factory in Yeovil, Somerset. Each craft is built from the GRP hull, inflatable collar and stainless steel fittings to the electrical and engine installations. This ensures each RIB is built to the highest standard, with great emphasis placed on the safety, durability and quality of construction.

•Ribcraft manufactures hull sizes from 4.2 to 18.0 meters, for leisure, commercial and military applications worldwide. Whether the mission calls for an open deck for work space and gear, a partially enclosed cabin or wheelhouse for all weather protection, Ribcraft RIBs are versatile platforms that can be configured to support any mission. For more information please contact Jason Purvey - RIBCRAFT LTD - Tel: 01935 411846

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