Cabin RIB for Solent Rescue

Mon, 23 January 2017

UK independent Lifeboat station, Solent Rescue based in Lymington, Hampshire has recently ordered a 9-metre-long Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with an enclosed cabin from South African inflatable boatbuilder Gemini Marine.

The Gemini Cabin RIB is an ‘All Weather’ Lifeboat and which Solent Rescue says will provide the volunteer lifesaving charity with the ultimate search and rescue vessel for the 21st Century.

The charity’s Treasurer/Project Manager Cameron Critchfield said “Solent Rescue are proud to announce that we have entered into partnership with Gemini Marine U.K. to build our new, state of the art, lifeboat for use in, around and potentially beyond the Solent.”

Gemini Marine is the primary manufacturer of lifeboats for the National Sea Rescue Institute in South Africa.  The Gemini Cabin RIB is currently in service as part of the NSRI fleet, operating in some of the harshest sea conditions in the world.

A Cabin RIB combines the high performance of a RIB, a light weight hull and excellent stability, with the shelter and protection offered by a conventional cabin vessel.  With this larger boat Solent Rescue will be able to patrol for longer and reach further; they will also have the capability to look after casualties in a warm, safe environment on board.

The Directors of Gemini Marine UK have both volunteered on the Lymington Lifeboat for 10 years and Gemini Marine have been building lifeboats for over 30 years.  Solent Rescue are excited by the prospect of working with a team that combines experience across three different lifesaving organisations.

The build will start in the new year and will the vessel will be launched at the start of next season.

Gemini Marine is a long establish boat builder based in Cape Town, South Africa.  Since 1979 Gemini Marine has designed and produced a full range of boats from 3.1m to 10.6m. Built to the highest standards and renowned for their performance, durability and seakeeping.  Today, Gemini Marine exports to over 45 Countries world-wide, including the UK, where their newly appointed dealer trading as Gemini Marine UK will be dealing with the supply of this Solent Rescue cabin RIB.

Source: Jake Frith

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