The Vacuum Infusion Process involves applying vacuum pressure to laminate materials. The process starts with a dry material being laid into the mold where vacuum is then applied before liquid resin is poured in.
Vacuums are created using carefully placed tubing that pulls the resin into the laminate.
This process is being used to build the Zulu 33P Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) by the Sweden Zulu Marine.
Their boats are designed in cooperation with Adam Younger and Petter Martens some of the best designers in the industry and both members of RIBs ONLY.
We received a press release from Enigma Powerboats. It is a new British Powerboat Manufacturer. The renderings show a good-looking RIB. You’ll find the specs below.
The hull design with a triple ventilated step was created by naval architect Adam Younger. We all know then that it’s going to be a fast RIB with excellent behaviour. Petter Martens of Beserk Designs also joined the team for delivering a great RIB design. Both are members of RIBs ONLY.
So for their first RIB it looks very promising indeed.
Enigma launches a 38ft Super-RIB
After an extensive design and build programme, Enigma Powerboats Ltd. has launched its debut vessel, the Enigma 38. The first model has been produced as an open day boat, but the platform has been designed to be modular, with various configurations available.
“With the launch of the Enigma 38. we are moving Rigid Inflatable Boat design to a new level, with a huge focus on style. safety and usability. Inspired by super car aesthetics and quality, we have pushed beyond the boundaries of traditional super-rib design in all areas.
The Enigma 38 utilises an expansive 3.4m beam. allowing a diverse range of applications for a CAT-B offshore powerboat. capable of over 100mph. We are very excited to finally unveil the Enigma 38 and will shortly be commencing sea trial demonstrations.”- Debbie Hood, CEO
“Our experience from building race and military vessels ensures that you are well prepared to challenge the sea and your driving skills to achieve your goals. We believe that the pilot’s fitness should be the limiting factor, not how the vessel is built.”
Team Zulu has an impressive background in composite manufacturing and are at the forefront in building high-performance boats for individuals, racing teams and police/military.
The aluminum construction of the RIB makes for a durable frame and hull.
The hull of this flagship based on that of the famous Patrol 860, was redesigned by Petter Martens to offer stability and performance as expected. The boat keeps these features up to a speed of 60 knots.
It can be motorized with a max engine power of 425 hp when single engine and 300 hp per engine for twin engines.
Proud to share that Highfield is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.
I encountered this incredible quote in our Facebook group in a post about the Swedish RIB-built by Zulu Marine AB. This quote was shared on January 20, 2022:
The designer patted my tube and said: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad hulls. Go out there!”
And that designer is none other than the amazing Petter Martens, member of RIBs ONLY! Petter made the conversion to a RIB based on the enormously capable Adam Younger‘s hull design and running surfaces. Adam is also member of RIBs ONLY!
The collaboration between these two very successful designers reached its peak in this impressive ZULU RIB.