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|| Seawork 2009
16th - 18th June
The professional commercial rib constructors were represented by:
The light to medium commercial constructors, those who sell to both the leisure and commercial sectors, whose products are upgraded/modified to meet the requirements of commercially coded vessels included:
Some twenty ribs on the water, when compared to RIBex which had more than 60 ribs on the water, illustrates the level of construction, boat performance and robustness required to compete in the commercial sector.
My show highlights were to see the development of Treadmaster's new teak effect anti-slip decking, which should encourage much more competitive pricing of the plastic flexi-teak products currently in vogue on sports/leisure ribs; the establishment of an experienced and dedicated professional hypalon tubing service to the rib constructors and for private commissions from SIT (specialised inflatable technology); a pocket para military vessel built by Red Bay Boats based on their 6.5m Stormforce rib fitted out for Suzuki as their 2009 demo boat and rigged out with a twin engine configuration using the latest lightweight Suzuki 90hp's, a very economical and tidy little boat; a ride on the Parker Ribs Baltic 900 fitted out as a Sea Safari rig, a true seaboat in every respect and a very dry ride.
Last but certainly not least an awesome trial run on the new Zodiac Hurricane Mach II, a 10m, 900hp plus powerhouse of a rib. Not the driest ride I've ever had but certainly the most thrilling. This boat inspires confidence that it will charge through anything the sea can throw at it. It turns at 40kts as if on rails and accelerates like an express train. Overall a throughly enjoyable show, I just wish I had a little bit longer time than the five hours I could squeeze in.
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