This design was commissioned by the AMF Boat Co. in Tauranga, NZ in their bid to provide a solution to the needs of one of the local coastguard units. Our design was chosen and the end result (launched in late September 2005) is proving very successful in all respects.
AMF came up with the term Quick Response Vessel and hence the abbreviation in the name. Our target speed was 40 knots and this has been achieved. So far we have reached 42.5 knots during the seatrials with some fine tuning yet to be completed. As with most jet drive installations the boat is highly manoeuvrable, even in shallow water due to the reduced draft. The boat will be launched and retrieved from a beach trailer which is further facilitated by the lack of protruding appendages.
This robust aluminium RIB is suitable for Coastguard, search and rescue (SAR), Pilot vessel, Police vessel, firefighting, military or high speed pleasure cruising boat.
Read the article from: Professional Skipper NZ, Issue Jan 2006