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AB Inflatables

Phone: 845-368-3798

With the deepest V available, the

Oceanus 8.50VST from AB Inflatables is a rugged craft providing a safe, com- fortable ride for several hours.The extra- deep V hull and non-submerged tubes provide the boat with plenty of stability, while preventing unwanted friction and spray for smooth, dry operation in calm or choppy waters. The boat features upholstered seating, ample deck space to install ice coolers or additional seating, a smartly designed console with easy-to- reach controls and abundant storage lockers to keep fishing gear secure. In addition, the 8.50VST offers the flexi- bility to be customized to buyers' needs.

Weighing 2,860 lbs., the Oceanus 8.50VST has an overall length of 28 ft. (8.5 m) and a 12-ft. (3.6 m) beam.

Achilles Inflatable Crafts

Tel: (425) 513-6414

Fax: (425) 347-5785


Achilles has taken its product base up a notch for 2003 with the addition of new enhancements on all three of their

HB tenders. Featuring new Hypalon grab handles on the tubes for added safe- ty and security, while new double heavy duty rubbing strakes add more protec- tion to the boats while providing a drier ride. Available in three of the most pop- ular tender sizes, Achilles RIBs repre- sent the culmination of many years of experience in the manufacturing of Hard

Bottom Tenders. Their lightweight dou- ble-hulled fiberglass construction pro- vides one of the lightest RIB products on the market. Large 17-in. buoyancy tubes on all three models combined with the level non-skid floor (made possible by the full deck liner), offer a stable, durable tender.

Almar Boats

Tel: (253) 572-2877

Contact: Tim Sandeman

The Israeli Oceanograhic Institute

Recently Took Delivery Of a new 30 x 10-ft. (9.1 x 3 m) Beam Almar Landing

Craft. Powered by a 315-hp Cummins 6BT turbo diesel coupled to a Hamilton 274 jetdrive, the boat was also equipped with a ZF 1:1 marine transmission to allow back flushing of the jet should it get any debris caught in the intake. A flush mounted Fernstrum keel cooler and dry exhaust were also utilized These items along with the jetdrive allow the boat to work in very shallow bays in

Lake Tiberias without clogging the cool- ing system with sediment or damaging the drive system. Used for hydrographic survey, this boat achieved a top speed of 29.8 knots on sea trials & cruise of 24 knots.

Bullfrog Boats

Tel: (360) 714-9532

Fax: (360) 714-6779

Contact: Craig Henderson

Bullfrog's high quality construction combines the durability of aluminum with the strength of polyethylene for the ultimate combination of safety and dura- bility.

Manufactured with the customers' safety in mind, the majority of

Bullfrog's boats are constructed using virtually indestructible, seamless poly- ethylene tubes with internal flotation foam — creating a virtually unsinkable, extremely stable and safe craft with five times the impact resistance of typical fiberglass boats. Bullfrog recently intro- duced the newest member to its product line — the Ranger — constructed to hold up under the most extreme of con- ditions.

VT Halmatic

Tel: +44 23 9253 9600

Fax: +44 23 9253 9601

Contact: Seb Freeman

Seb.freeman @

Chatham Bar is one of the most noto- rious stretches of water in North

America, with vicious surf, tricky cur- rents and continually changing shoals - not a place for the faint of heart. The

U.S. Coastguard station at Chatham Bar often has to respond to emergencies at sea in storm force conditions. But their existing 44-ft. (13.4-m) rescue boats are becoming worn out and the replacement 47-ft. (14.3-m) craft cannot make it over the bar. To find a replacement for the

Chatham Bar 44 footer the Coastguard searched world-wide for a suitable craft, opting for the Halmatic Pacific 32 near shore rescue RIB. The newest rescue boat in the Coastguard fleet is fitted with an enclosed air-conditioned wheelhouse with suspension seating for the crew and is fully self-righting.

Power is provided by twin marine diesel engines driving waterjets to ensure excellent maneuverability. The new boat achieves a service speed in

RIB Directory: A-to-Z Guide excess of 30 knots with the ability to stop within 1.5 boat lengths.

As there are no charts of the Chatham

Bar area a comprehensive navigation system is essential so the Pacific 32 is fitted with radar, chartplotter and GPS integrated into two computer terminals with displays for the helmsman and nav- igator. A large working area on the stern contains towing braces, a rope winch and a diving platform.

In order to further aid its American presence, Halmatic is actively seeking a suitable long term partner in the U.S. to help market and manufacture its boats for the U.S. commercial and military market place.

Nautica International

Tel: (954) 986-1600

Fax: (954) 986-1631

Contact: Juliette Rossi

Nautica has released a new rigid inflat- able boat model, the


The largest of the catamaran series, it is another addi- tion to Nautica's commercial/rescue line.

The RIB 28 CAT is an unusual craft: a Rigid Inflatable Boat with a rigid cata- maran hull. Originally designed as a landing craft with a bow area loading ramp for commercial work, it fulfills many functions. Its cargo/ passenger deck measures 110 sq. ft. With its 5-ft. opening, the bow loading ramp lowers to facilitate easy loading of cargo, wheel chairs, stretchers, even 4-wheel ATV's.

It is ideal for dive training, dive/snorkel tours, and dive/rescue as the ramp can be lowered into the water to create a swim platform. The Nautica RIB 28 CAT is a versatile military, work or pleasure craft, which handles superbly with a light load

PTampa Bay, Florida

The M/V BERNARDO QUINTANA A, fully laden, 753 ft aground in Tampa Bay ship channel following a collision with

Quintana A" was struck on her port side and pushed into a sam

Response <& Results:

The MRA (as the vessel's OPA 90 responder) received the

Titan. Titan mobilized a 5 man salvage team and wa

Approximately 4 hours later the vessel was refloated and safely returned to owners.

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Circle 268 on Reader Service Card - October 24^ t, 60,753 dwt bulk carrier ran another vessel. The "Bernardo dbar on the east side of Egmont call and immediately notified is on scene within 4 hours.



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