Island RIBs at Seawork 2017

Island 7.5m - Solent in rought conditions
Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Island RIBs will be exhibiting at Seawork 2017 from the 13th to the 15th June at Mayflower Park, Southampton.  You can find us on the water in the Suzuki area.    Entry to the show is free so please come along and see our latest developments.  Click here to register on the Seawork website.

Island RIBs apprentice to become Lloyd’s Register Foundation 100A1 Ambassador

Island RIBs apprentice Lewis Wilde

Congratulations to Island RIBs apprentice Lewis Wilde who has been invited to become a Lloyds Register Foundation 100A1 Ambassador.

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is the global charity of the Lloyds Register. The Foundation officially launched its ambassador programme on 26th April 2017 with the initial appointment of thirty-five ambassadors, most of whom are leading figures of industry and academia. The role of the ambassadors is to promote the work of the Lloyd’s register foundation, which aims to enhance the safety of life and property and advance public education in these areas.

As a 100A1 ambassador, Lewis may be invited to represent the foundation at events such as functions, exhibitions, talks and visits. His initial appointment is for three years.

The name of the programme reflects the history of the 1870 100A1 was introduced as the highest classification in the Lloyd’s register Rules and Regulations which lay down the standards for construction and maintenance of ships. The 100A1 classification is still used today. 100 signifies the ship is suitable for seagoing service, A means the ship is constructed or accepted into LR class and maintained in good condition, and 1 means the anchoring and mooring equipment is good and efficient.

Continued growth for Island RIBs

A very successful end to 2016 saw all of our winter build slots filled.  Over the ‘quiet’ months we have expanded our workshops at the Kingston Works site in East Cowes and grown our laminating team to keep pace with demand.  We have also welcomed  a second apprentice boat builder to our team.   All the winter hard work is paying off, with the first  sea trial of the new season taking place successfully this weekend.  Watch this space for news of more boat launches in the coming weeks!

Review of the Island 7.5m in Powerboat & RIB magazine

Photo: Greg Copp

 We are very pleased to be able to share this fantastic review of the Island 7.5m, published in issue 137 of Powerboat & RIB magazine and now available on the PBR website.  In the opinion of PBR technical editor, Greg Copp: “Island RIBs’ 7.5m RIB is and exciting boat to drive whose handling is as good as its looks.  Beneath its superb gelcoat finish is a structural rigidity that can take the punishment this sort of boat is likely to receive.  The attention to detail is reassuring, as is the consideration given to potential future retrospective maintenance.  Not many RIBs this size offer such a blend of practicality and performance at this price.”

The full review is available here