Zodiac Hurricane RIBs Ideal For Use As Rescue Craft

—Literature Offered The Zodiac Hurricane Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) combines the wave cutting capability of a rigid hull with the safety features of an inflatable, creating an ideal rescue boat.

Based on a design by Admiral Hoare, former director of England's Royal National Lifeboat Institute, the RIB's standard deep "V" hull is made of fiberglass with an attached inflatable, heat-welded plastomer collar, which gives this hybrid the wave cutting qualities of a rigid hull boat and the safety of pontoon sides.

Rescue and enforcement agencies worldwide now recognize the many advantages of a RIB over both the inflatable and rigid-hulled vessels.

A 24-foot RIB's ability to safely cut through 2- meter seas at 25 knots, carry up to 15 people, fender off of stricken vessels without damage, and transfer victims with a lower risk of injury make it popular with rescue and enforcement personnel.

Zodiac's 75 years of experience in marine and aeronautical fabric construction, and seam welding has resulted in near indestructible pontoons.

The pontoons used on Zodiac Hurricane RIBs have met or surpassed the standards of marine safety organizations worldwide including Bureau Veritas of France, DIN standard of Germany, and the International Safety of Life at Sea.

J.J. Marie, president of Zodiac Hurricane Marine Inc., believes the RIB is ideal for a very wide range of rescue, enforcement, military and commercial use. "The RIB's combination of a wave-cutting hull and safe, tough pontoon sides make it much more versatile than either a standard fiberglass hull or the soft bottomed inflatable," he said.

The Canadian Navy recently became the third Nato Navy to purchase $100,000 hydrajetdriven Zodiac Hurricane RIBs. The 24-foot RIB can avoid detection by radar, operate in shallow water, and be lifted by only one crane while the mother ship is in motion.

For further information and free literature on Zodiac Hurricane RIBs, C i r c l e 6 o n R e a d e r S e r v i c e C a rd

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 63,  Feb 1989 Leo L. Collar

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