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Old 24 February 2016, 17:27   #1
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Spring Break at Redbay Boats

I got a call this week from HQ: "Come in Number Six - your time is up!"

Woo-hoo! A day off real work AND the "willkcraft" was to be brought out of hibernation and gussied up for the season

The last couple of times that I've been recalled, the shop was full of heavy looking grey hardware - Security and Anti-Whatever boats bristling with lights and odd antennae. This time there was a hint of Spring about the place. There were multiple leisure craft and fun boats lounging around the fitout hall. Setting those aside, a few small features caught my eye - namely a splashwell mounted solar panel, a new reversible/removable bench seat and yet another snazzy laser cut hypalon name patch by Henshaw Inflatables.
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Old 24 February 2016, 17:34   #2
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The new 12m boats have been popular - basically a stretch version of the previous 11m. The black one is the now famous triple diesel outboard that is bound for Svalbard - she's gonna be a looker. The seafari boat is bound for Jersey to join her older Redbay sister down there. Twin 350 Verados will make her quite a handful and very much the adrenaline ride! The rest of the hall was packed - but the jaunty wee ivory 7.4m was a break from the norm - I'll look forward to seeing her in the nip next week!
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Old 24 February 2016, 17:52   #3
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Corryvreckan is dead - long live Corryvreckan!

I managed to get a gleek into the Vehicle Assembly Building (Max is a sucker for biccies). New Corryvreckan is coming together rapidly as the clock ticks louder for Old Corry. That's her topsides and hull in build. At 13m and substantially bulkier than old Corry, she will still be a RIB but definitely pushes the boundaries of RIBdom out a little further. I say bulky, but she's massive. Three KAB seats and a passage wide. Six berths, some - wait for it - below decks! Twin Yanmar 370s will power her and I expect that she will not be found wanting in the electronics department.

The superstructure is a first for Redbay (at this size) as it is one single mounding, dropped from an extremely complex set of moulds and inserts.

I feel at this point that I should mention that I have never actually DRIVEN an 11m, never mind a 13m. Just saying is all.....
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Come in Number Six.

numbir 2 az a kwestiun faw yew.

wY didd yew resine?
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she will not be found wanting in the electronics department
fUk mee

dat probubly meens de tomm tomm owt ov de werks vann an a wirzberg raydar fromm a jirmun bommer dat crashid onn mukkish mowntin inn de wor.

de bitt bowt de complekks mowlds wil bee iksamind wen firther enkwiries av bin maid.
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I feel at this point that I should mention that I have never actually DRIVEN an 11m, never mind a 13m. Just saying is all.....
Mr k let me drive integrity... Just saying ;-)
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Mr k let me drive integrity... Just saying ;-)
I'm glad that you still believe that...

He told me that he left the autopilot running.


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...de bitt bowt de complekks mowlds wil bee iksamind wen firther enkwiries av bin maid.
oi yEw, behave!

Obviously the internal moulding (console etc) are additional mouldings. They've been thinking about the internals of these 13m yokes for a while and they've made the console and KAB seat bases in one section with plant on pods for custom electronics. Behind the seat bases, the space can be fill with a range of mouldings - benchs/berths, galley, head, equipment storage.

But the big change is the extra space. I'll check for a photo...
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But the big change is the extra space. I'll check for a photo...
So yeah - here's a couple of snaps I took of a version they built late last year. The extra height in the hull means that there is a half height deck running below the seating cabin. It is big enough for a pair of berths, fully accessible fuel tanks and a cargo hold that can be accessed via the underdeck space and a hatch on the afterdeck. The engines have their own huge bay behind all of this space again.
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