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

Island RIBs apprentice stars in ‘Born To Engineer’ film

Island RIBs second year apprentice Lewis Wilde stars in this short film, commissioned bu the Lloyds Register Foundation, for their ‘Born To Engineer’ project. The film was shot in and around Island RIBs premises in East Cowes and contains plenty of footage of our RIBs in action. We are very pleased with the final edit and very grateful to DuckRabbit and the Lloyds Register Foundationn for choosing us to be the subject of their film.

Island RIBs develop the next generation of RIB windscreens

Safety, durability and clarity of vision are the most important considerations when it comes to a RIB windscreen. The industry standard material used for windscreen manufacture is Acrylic. Acrylic is cheap and easy to shape, but although strong it cracks easily and will shatter explosively under sufficient impact.

The alternative is polycarbonate: vastly stronger than acrylic and completely shatterproof. Racing car windscreens and bullet proof glass are manufactured from polycarbonate. In the 6mm thickness required for a RIB windscreen it becomes very difficult to heat shape into a compound curve which is needed to shed water properly from the screen. Polycarbonate windscreens are expensive largely due to the difficulties associated with shaping the material.

At Island RIBs, we are constantly striving to improve upon every aspect of the design and manufacture of our RIBs. We keep as much of our manufacturing process in house as possible in order to control the quality of our product. We were determined to use the superior polycarbonate but unable to find cost-effective means of purchasing high-quality ready-made polycarbonate windscreens. Rather than settle for acrylic we developed the tooling, built the oven and devised the process required to heat form flat sheets of 6mm polycarbonate in our workshops. Manufacturing our windscreens in house keeps costs to a minimum, meaning that our customers benefit from a superior polycarbonate windscreen without paying a premium for it.

Polycarbonate windscreens are now fitted as standard to all RIBs in our range.

Sea trials for Island RIBs’ new demonstrator

Sea trials of our new 7.5m demonstrator were completed successfully at the weekend. We headed out towards the Needles in blustery conditions that provided rain, snow and hail (seen here collecting on the console). The deep-V hull kept us comfortable and dry in the chop while we put our new RIB to the test, and we were certainly grateful for the protection from the weather afforded by the full height polycarbonate windscreen.

We have some great fuel economy data to report, with the SuzukiDF200APX performing superbly to achieve 0.9 litres per nautical mile at a speed of 29kts.

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a sea trial.

Used RIBs for sale

We are advertising a small selection of second hand RIBs on our website. Please click here to have a look. If you would like us to advertise your RIB then please get in touch with the details.

Island 7.5m RIB: Cowes Roads in rough weather

Here is a film of our latest 7.5m RIB taken in the Solent during the recent storm Abigail. The high winds and big seas provided the perfect conditions to put our new hull design to the test. We had the Suzuki ambassador Adam Brennan on board with us for a sea trial and are pleased to report that everyone stayed dry and comfortable throughout. Our 7.5m RIB has been certified as Recreational Craft Directive design category B offshore for a crew of up to 10.

Category B is defined in the RCD as “Offshore: Designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to, and including Wind force 8 and significant wave heights up to, and including 4m may be experienced. “ It is the highest design category possible for a RIB and is evidence of the seaworthiness of the vessel.

Island 7.5m

Posted by Island RIBs on Saturday, 3 September 2016

Island RIBs receive funding from the Shipwrights’ Apprenticeship Scheme

We are delighted to announce that Island RIBs is now receiving support for its first apprentice, Lewis Wilde, from the Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme.

The Scheme is run by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and backed by the Lloyds Register Foundation.  The Scheme offers not only financial support in the form of wage funding for Lewis, but also access to many training and development opportunities.  We are already seeing the benefits, not only financially but in terms of the assistance provided by the Scheme in all matters relating to Lewis’ apprenticeship.  We are very grateful to Paul Harris and all others involved for the award.