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Spirit Of Cowes
CIL show off their latest rescue RIB


  Cowes Inshore Lifeboat’s new rescue craft powered by Yamaha’s largest ever four-stroke outboards. Cowes Inshore Lifeboat serving Cowes and the Central Solent area has successfully carried out extensive sea-trials following the running period of its new 8.8m Barbarian class RIB powered by twin 225 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard motors.

The new craft, named ”Spirit of Cowes” was purchased with financial help by way of a sizeable grant from The Peter Harrison Foundation and was fitted out by Kevin Mole Outboards of Cowes. This followed the collapse and closure of the hull manufacturer, threatening the likelihood of the boat going into service, or at best being considerably delayed. The boat, equipped with state of the art navigational aids and other specialist equipment for its 4 person crew, will go on service under the control of H.M. Coastguard at Lee-On-Solent no later than the end of January.

After securing the hull and equipment owned by Cowes Inshore Lifeboat, Kevin Mole Outboards was quickly appointed to complete the project and undertake running-in of the outboard motors, including initial sea trials. Chris Greenham, Chairman of Cowes Inshore Lifeboat said, "When considering the commission of this new boat the

question of Yamaha power and Kevin Mole Outboards involvement was a foregone conclusion because of the long association and reliability the Unit has had with Yamaha and its local service agent." He went on to say, "The boat and engines have already exceeded expectations of performance, fuel economy and build quality."

The Lifeboat installation of twin four-stroke F225’s is significant, for these engines were the first in the world at this horse-power rating. Their unique design has been acknowledged as a landmark in outboard motor design since the engineering involved radically changed the way the engines were constructed. These engines are 100% marine, new outboard units rather than derivatives of older land based applications.

Cowes Inshore Lifeboat would be pleased to consider showing interested members of the media this very exciting new boat and engines. They would welcome the opportunity of explaining their role as a very busy lifeboat organisation within the Solent.

For further information please visit our Web Site at or contact the Chairman, Chris Greenham on 00 44 (0)1983-298357. Cowes Inshore Lifeboat is a registered charity no.106340