Prosecutor Simon Draycott QC, said: “I'd like to say this was the mother of all ribs, but the couple had even bigger plans. This vessel however had eight 250hp engines - a total of 2,000hp. At full power it used 900 litres of petrol an hour and had capacity to hold 15,000 litres of petrol.
“This boat was tested in the sea off Lowestoft, and the gentleman who took it out loaded it with six tonnes of shingle, it had five people on board and it was still able to travel at 50mph. This was such a powerful boat it could carry a lot of drugs, a lot of contraband and still go so fast it could outrun any maritime craft.
“Davison, George and Rush knew those buying the boats wanted them for one reason, to transport drugs and contraband from north Africa to southern Spain. They also knew that the money used to pay for the boats was coming from the proceeds of crime,” he said.
At their Lowestoft home, officers discovered fraudulent and forged documents, including forged ownership, insurance, small boat and competency certificates which were handed over with the craft to help conceal the identity of the buyer.
Officers also found plans for a 33m long rib, so large it was capable of carrying five smaller ribs in its hold. However, this boat was never built.
The trial of Rush continues.
Aghhh, couldn't they let them build the 33metre RIB and then have nicked them! - I would have love to have seen that.