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Old 16 October 2004, 23:28   #1
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Miramar Air show

Went to the Miramar air show today (Top Gun fame) and had a surprise to find a couple of RIBS exhibited. Well almost!
The Coast Guard boat uses a solid foam flotation collar,so not really a RIB.
However the Navy boat uses collars by Wing which are a hybrid. They use a Polyethylene foam collar with an inner air bladder to absorb the shock.
http://www.wing.com/foam_collars.html
The Coast Guard vessel is made by Safe Boats and was a 25' with a top speed of 40 knots with 2x 225 outboards.
The Navy boat is made by Dauntless and was the 34' Ram model.
This was especially interesting as it displayed all the Tech ;info and specs as well as the actual crew to answer questions.Uses a twin stern drive setup that gives it a top speed of about 34 knots.
They had recently taken delivery of these new boats having been in the Persian Gulf with a smaller craft earlier in the year.
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Old 17 October 2004, 05:43   #2
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One of them is a RBB, the one with green tubes is maybe inflatable, hard to se on pic, but should be RBB because it`s D-fenders, never seen inflatable D-fenders but maybe there is.

PS: RBB (Rigid Bouancy Boat)
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thanks limeydal

top pics glad to to some one posting very intresting stuff again
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Interesting to se the air bladder, never seen it before, wonder if the effect is as good as on regular tubes.
Anyone having any experience?
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thanks, I have photos of the spec sheets which you may find interesting but dont think it will read clearly on the low resolution images.
So will try and post link to homepage later.
The RBB uses a system the manufacturer calls "SAFE " .
Secured Around Flotation Equipped.
Hope it shows Ok on the photo,
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Old 17 October 2004, 13:49   #6
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Interesting info limeydal.

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Old 17 October 2004, 14:03   #7
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The RBB uses a system the manufacturer calls "SAFE "
Heard of that before but the one i have seen looks different, the norweigan Norsafe or Swedish Anytec are doing something similiar.
Is this construction new or have they been using it for a long time?
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Petrov,
have posted all the specs; for these two boats on the link below.
Hope the second page comes out Ok as I shot the photo a a bit of an angle.
You may have to adjust zoom on your browser to read properly.
http://members.cox.net/limeydal/

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Hi Limeydal;

Thank`s for interesting info, will also check their homepage.
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Thought the coast Guard boat looked familiar!.I went through the back copies of RIB International and came across an article on this boat in the Aug 2003. It was titled "Largest ever RIB contract".
Seems the USCG. placed an order for 700 of these boats from Safe Boats International in Seattle and Port Orchard Washington.. (Who are in fact a subsidiary of Safe Boats in Norway. )
The contract was valued at $145 million over the next 7 years.
They beat out Zodiac and Sea Ark(the other navy RIB I posted) for the contract .There are also larger versions out to tender for a medium size response boat in the 45 foot range.Again a RIB design and capable of 45 knots.
The whole aim of this contract is to standardise a single design throughout the nation and enable a programmed maintenance and training system to go into effect.
They will be used for search/rescue also transporting officers enforcing environmental issues and some will be allocated to safety and security teams to enforce homeland security following Sept 11th.
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