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Old 19 February 2005, 07:05   #1
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Surf rescue boats

Does anyone know who makes / supplies the inflatables which the surf rescue boys use ?
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Old 19 February 2005, 09:03   #2
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RNLI beachlifeguards use Arancia inflateables from New Zealand, RLSS SA use a sib called a Viper available in the UK , has twin inflateable keels also Zap cats were originally surf rescue boats and they are pretty affordable .
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Old 19 February 2005, 09:19   #3
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Here is a link to a PDF file on the Gemini Surf Rescue which is built to SOLAS specs.

Pictures below are of a unique American designed fully inflatable rescue boat by Zumro. Ugly as sin, but if you want bouyancy, more bouyancy, and still a little more bouyancy, this is the one.

Edit; I should have asked if you were specifically looking for RIBs vs SIBs, or if it mattered. Google searches of 'SOLAS rescue RIB' or 'SOLAS rescue inflatable' turn up a few more manufacturers.
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Old 19 February 2005, 10:33   #4
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Robust boats in Brawdy, a few miles from you, has a prototype and looks good.

Contact Steve Rees on 07833 117046

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Old 19 February 2005, 10:53   #5
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Arancia's are seriously smart pieces of kit! We had one on trials at our lifeboat station, Made from Carbon Fibre (Floor and Transom). Sadly we had a smaller engine on it than they have down on the coast. but they were so light we could carry it between 3 people with the engine on it, where as our other boats are sort of just on the limit of 3, and the other is not liftable

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Over here they are all Achilles 3.8metres and seem to be as good as any... i have seen some out in some seriously hairy surf and they seem to cope pretty well..
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