This is our latest RIB design, the so-called QRV (Quick Response Vessel) for Coastguard North Shore at Brown’s Bay, Auckland. She is a development of our highly successful 9.0m (30’) QRV currently in service with the Pauanui-Tairua Coastguard.
This new boat will be driven by twin 250 Hp outboard engines and features a bow cockpit which will further extend the capabilities of the earlier design. The overall beam is slightly increased allowing for a touch more elbow room all round. The hull deadrise has increased marginally to around 20°. Essentially, however the basic philosophy and features of the 9.0m (30’) QRV will be retained so as not to stray too far from that proven concept.
As is typical on such a rescue vessel there’s a lot happening in a relatively small space. The raised forward end of the engine well houses the towrope in a dedicated compartment. The towpost is well built in here and immediately forward of the engine well bulkhead is the fire pump housing as well as bettery compartments and a fuel locker for the fire pump. There is additional stowge under the angled engine well base.
The engine well bulkhead has been angled aft outboard of the fire pump housing to increase access along the tubes for recovering persons in the water etc. Unlike an inboard powered craft the cockpit is bigger due to the absence of a large engine housing. As with her predecessor four crew can be accommodated in the raised cabin area, all provided with foam padded backrests and adequate handholds. Additionally there are twin fold out seats below the arch just aft of the second row of crew backrests. With these out of the way it will be possible to lay out a stretcher both longitudinally or transversely in the aft cockpit (the internal beam between the tubes is over 2m). As on our 9.0m QRV the helmsman is to Starboard and the navigator/comm’s operator is to port. The electronics package on this boat will again be most impressive.
The forward cabin is laid out a little differently to our earlier design in that the seats are not intended for laying down on full length. Four persons can be seated comfortably, though, along with stowage for a vast array of safety, rescue and medical equipment as well as crew gear. There is a large door leading to the forward cockpit, wide enough to accommodate a stretcher if necessary which could be laid on the floor between the seating.
In summary it has been well worthwhile working closely with the highly skilled crew at Coastguard Northshore. They were most adamant about their needs which is surely a result of considered and well-drilled methods and rescue procedures. We are sure this boat will effectively satisfy their tough criteria and have a long and successful service life.
LOA - 9.50m (31’ 2.0”)
Length Alloy – 8.48m (27’ 9.5”)
DWL – 7.65m (25’ 10”)
Beam – 3.10m ( 10 ’ 20”)
Beam Alloy – 2.45m ( 8’ 1”)
Draft (hull only) - 0.500m ( 1’ 8”)
Draft (engines) – 0.83m ( 2’ 8.5”)
Deadrise - 20°
Power - Twin YAMAHA 250 Hp Outboards
Fuel Capacity - 590 litres (156 gallons)
Displacement - 3500 Kg (7716 lbs)
Hull Material - Marine Grade Aluminium Alloy
Fender - Hypalon