The new vessel, designed in conjunction with Medtec Design Services of East Cowes, meets the criteria of being designed and built on the Isle of Wight.
The 9m patrol RIB is to be constructed of aluminium to a heavy duty specification and will feature a flush deck with a track system for mounting additional seating or to allow reconfiguration to carry stores and equipment to the outer reaches of the harbour and beyond.
A single Volvo Penta D4 engine and Hamilton HJ274 water jet will propel the vessel to 30 knots in light conditions. 500mm ‘D’ shaped heavy duty inflatable tubes will maximise the internal beam whilst allowing soft landing against visiting yachts – whilst a foam filled solid bow provides the versatility to nudge and push vessels in light tug type operations.
Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Harbour Master of Cowes:
“We are delighted to award the design and construction of our new patrol vessel to Diverse Marine, a local yard who have demonstrated a willingness to conceptualise and design a craft that meets our requirements.With the yard’s reputation for quality and attention to detail we are looking forward to delivery in time for our busy season.”
Ben Colman of Diverse Marine Ltd.:
“We are delighted and thankful to be given the opportunity to work with Cowes Harbour Commission to develop this new vessel and to sign the contract for it’s construction. We look forward to delivering the craft for Cowes Harbour Commission and pleased that we could keep this build on the Isle of Wight.”