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Zodiac Hurricane RIBs Ideal
For Use As Rescue Craft —Literature Offered
The RIB design approaches an optimum compromise between the standard rigid hull craft and the inflatable boat.
The Zodiac Hurricane Rigid-Hull Inflatable
Boat (RIB) combines the wave cutting capabili- ty 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 weld- ing 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 Bu- reau Veritas of France, DIN standard of Germa- ny, 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 stan- dard fiberglass hull or the soft bottomed inflata- ble," he said.
The Canadian Navy recently became the third Nato Navy to purchase $100,000 hydrajet- driven 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.
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Lengthens And Modifies
Fishing Vessel Pegasus
The 90-foot by 27-foot fishing vessel Pegasus is powered by a new 940-hp Cummins main engine.
Mid-Coast Marine recently completed the lengthening and modification of the fishing ves- sel Pegasus.
Work included lengthening the 75-foot by 23- foot vessel to 90 feet by 27 feet, installing a new 940-hp Cummins main engine, new 6-inch shaft- ing, bearings, shaft log, and four-blade stainless steel wheel.
The boat was cut in half near amidship, rolled apart, framed and plated to its original width.
At the same time, the bow and stern sections were receiving the framing for the 24-inch spon- sons that were added port and starboard and faired well forward. Mid-body sponson frames and plating were next, rounding out the vessel's new shell.
Inside, the old engine room bulkhead was cut out and a new bulkhead built, lengthening the engine room about 8 feet. Aligned along the new shaft line were the new stern tube, shaft alley, and engine rails. Saddle tanks were also built port and starboard outboard of the new main engine location.
Back on the main deck, the original bulwarks were reinstalled outboard, and the original rud- der was converted to a contra-guide configura- tion with broad top and bottom plates added.
This modification was done to assure that the boat, in its new configuration, would have suffi- cient rudder power.
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Kockums Receives $2.7 Million In Orders
For Steerbear Systems
Kockums Computer Systems AB recently re- ceived orders totaling SEK16 million (about
US$2.7 million) for the Steerbear CAD/CAM/
CIM system from shipbuilding industry.
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG in Kiel,
West Germany has acquired Steerbear general design, pipe and structure to be able to handle both hull and outfitting in Steerbear. They have also acquired a VAX Server 3600 computer and seven graphic workstations. This is a break- through in the German market for Steerbear outfitting systems.
Eleusis Shipyards SA in Greece has acquired all Steerbear Systems for hull and outfitting applications, running on a Vax computer and 10 graphic workstations.
Lexicon Marine in Sweden has acquired
Steerbear hull, a Vax computer and two graphic workstations.
Ludvigsen & Hermann in Denmark, a plant design company, has acquired Steerbear general design, pipe and cable, running on a Vax com- puter and two graphic workstations.
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