May 01, 2006
On the Water With Vessel Assist
I was fortunate enough to get out on a RIBCRAFT 7.8 on the Pacific Ocean the other day with a customer in Ventura California. What a beautiful day in Southern California, the sun was shining, a nice gradual swell was rolling in, and the 2 foot chop made for ideal conditions for a RIB ride and for the dolphins that joined us.
When it was my turn at the wheel, I put the boat to the test – cutting in among the surf and pushing the boat through tight figure eight turns. As always – I’m continuously amazed by the performance of a RIB! The RIBCRAFT 7.8 we were on is a machine – complete with twin military spec 150HP Johnson Enforcers, a shock mitigating seat for the operator and two aft pod seats for crew. This boat is used by Channel Watch Marine, a Vessel Assist Tow and Salvage operator.
As a commercial tower, it’s an excellent platform for their business. The 25’ RIBCRAFT 7.8, allows them to quickly get on the scene of a tow or salvage operation. Though not usually the boat to do the towing, the 25’ RIB enables them to secure the situation, rescue passengers in harms way, quickly understand the needs of the situation, and finalize any paperwork. With the RIB, they’re able to easily do 20 knots in large seas and 30+ knots in calmer conditions while their hard-sided tow boats can only make 6-12 knots depending on the conditions.
Furthermore, with a RIB, they don’t have to worry about damaging the topsides of the distressed vessel either. They’re extremely happy with their new addition – but as I mentioned last week in a posting, they’ve had to adjust they way they do certain things. Hip towing vessels has taken some modifications as there are fewer tie off points on a RIB. With the tubes, they can’t always fully snug up the lines. These aren’t negatives by any means, but just things they’ve noticed and have found solutions for. In all respects, a RIB is an excellent platform and asset for their business.
Posted by ribcraftusa at May 1, 2006 06:14 PMBack To Index