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2013 Redbay Stormforce 11 Canopy
Stormforce 11 Canopy
THe Stormforce 11 canopy boat has set an industry standard in the sea-safari and passenger carrying RIB market. To date this model has been used principally as an island ferry and sight-seeing vessel, it carries up to 15 passengers in a dry comfortable environment whilst delivering great economy to the owner/managing agent. It is also available in several pleasure boat configurations and makes for a great family cruiser or super yacht tender.
The Stormforce 11 is the flagship in our range, and offers the best that RIBs can offer. The 11 was a natural development from the 9.1, due to customer demand for a larger RIB. Puffin Dive Centre in Oban took the first two boats out of the mould for their operations on the West Coast of Scotland. Since then, the 11 has developed and continued to grow in its popularity; every 11m RIB is unique and customised according to the customer's requirements.
The Canopy Mark II version was primarily designed for the large increase in demand for Sea Safari style Passenger Ribs The safe cocoon developed by the high sides of the Wrap Around Console make it exceptionally safe for passengers. The shelter afforded by the removable canopy means that there is no requirement for passengers to put on drysuits - passengers arrive at their destination warm and comfortable. The high levels of all round vision offered by the Lexan Wrap Around screen ensures that the occupants won't miss a thing.
The Stormforce 11 is a deep V hull form, which is one of the reasons that this RIB has such fantastic abilities in rough offshore conditions. The Deep-V hull is combined with sprayrails to produce additional lift and improve the hydrodynamics of the hull. The tube is designed to sit firmly in contact with the water surface while at rest; this ensures that the RIB has maximum stability.
One of the major design features is the Hard Nose. This was developed due to several reasons, and has proven itself one of the most successful features on this design after many years in testing. The Hard Nose is primarily a safety feature. When a RIB such as this is driven hard in a large sea state, there is a real risk that detubing could occur. Thus, the nose is designed to offer complete protection to the tubes when operating in these conditions. Furthermore, there are actually two independent tubes on each side of the hull, offering even greater safety.
The other features of the hard nose are mainly from a practicality need. The GRP nose offers a much more suitable platform from which to anchor or moor, without any problems with damaging the tubes. It also offers much more internal space; this was incorporated into a large dry storage locker, and in some models facilitates twin berths.
The RIB can be powered by any propulsion system but is ideally suited to Twin Yamaha Diesel Sterndrive installations.
The RIB is separated into three main sections. The main space includes the Helm and Crew positions, and includes all the controls and navigation aids. Behind the helm and crew locations is the main passenger space, normally fitted with seating for 12 passengers plus 2 crew. All seating has full height backs and 4 point safety harnesses. The arrangement of the seating can be tailored to the needs of the operator.
Forward of this space is a double berth, which can also be fitted with a sea toilet. Aft of the passenger space is the engine bay and breather box arrangement, and this can also serve as an additional viewing platform.
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