|Max Speed||45 knots|
|Italian RIB builder Novamarine demonstrated its confidence in the RIB market by introducing a new 16 metre (53ft) design at the Genoa Boat Show. The prototype of the new design was fitted out as a capable offshore cruiser for a private owner, but the design has been developed to be suitable for commercial and military requirements. |
The design is based on a unique deep vee hull which follows convention with spray rails and a rising chine line. The unique feature is the way the chine has been expanded and rounded at the bow, but as it runs aft it sharpens into a conventional chine amidships to develop lift for planing. The result is a hull with a full bow shape for good down wind performance combined with a soft entry for head seas.
The tube diameter is a large 0.70 metres and it is divided into 15 individual compartments. It is attached to the GRP hull by gluing to give an overall length of 15.70 metres and a relatively narrow beam of 3.96 metres.
The profile of the superstructure has been kept low with the coach-roof over the forward cabin rising to the open control position. Here there is a reverse angle windscreen which offers good protection to the occupants. Above is a tubular arch mast which provides a mounting for the antennae of the electronics and also a support for a cockpit cover.
The control position is well laid out with the wheel and throttles carefully positioned for good control. The Navionics chart plotter, the Furuno radar and the other electronics are positioned for easy use with waterproof units appropriate to the open position. A two person bench seat faces the driving position leaving space to port for the entry door to the accommodation.
Behind the helm seat is a small bar and fridge with open space between this and a forward facing settee. Recessed into the deck is a table which can serve this settee for open air dining. Further aft is the engine housing and right at the transom is a compartment which houses the diesel powered generator.
The door to the cabin opens to reveal a stainless steel galley complete with electric cooker, sink and fridge. Opposite is the bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin. There is full headroom in this area with generous space. Forward are two settees each side of a central table, the table lowering to form a double berth. A second double berth is tucked in under the steering position with reduced headroom. This practical accommodation is fully air conditioned.
On the cruising version the power units are two 370hp Cummins diesels which are coupled to conventional shaft drives. This arrangement produces a 35 knot top speed and a 30 knot long range cruising speed. Fuel is carried in two 700 litre tanks and there are two 130 litre fresh water tanks. Alternative engines can total up to 1200hp which will produce a top speed of 45 knots and the hull has been designed to accept water jets, stern drives or surface drives in addition to conventional propulsion. A 1200 watt bow thruster helps manoeuvring.
This design has been developed so that it can be fully customized to meet specific requirements. The style and size of this design is going to make it appealing to many commercial and military users seeking to replace larger craft with what is a very capable rigid inflatable. Its design and outfitting also reflects the growing interest in large RIBS for long range cruising.
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