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#Followthebuild​​ Series Ep.6: Ribeye A683 RIB Yamaha 225hp

Since its world debut at the Southampton Boat Show in 2019 the A683 has become the most sought after boat within its size range.

On this epsiode Ross and James talk you through just a few of the A683’s innovative features and some of the 2021 upgrades such as the Yamaha 225hp.

Follow this A683’s journey as we build an epic RIB fully loaded with all the specification for a Summer of adventure.

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Nordkapp Airborne RIB World Premiere

The new Nordkapp Airborne-series is a new generation RIB, based on the DNA of the sports-oriented Nordkapp Boats. This means focus on sporty driving features, smart solutions and high quality, which we have shaped into one of the best boats we have ever made!

Nordkapp Airborne 7 is aiming at giving you the natural, sporty and free feeling, both for families and individualists. In short the Nordkapp Airborne 7 is safe, sporty and a lot of fun!

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Saving a Whale From Drowning from a RIB

One year ago a Humpback whale was saved from drowning after being entangled in a fishing net.

The Humpback was spotted in a whale watching tour from Dalvik in North Iceland. Rescue mission was planned on the way back as Freyr Antonsson owner of Arctic Sea Tours whale watching and four members of the Rescue team in Dalvik hurried to the scene.

After monitoring the situation they began cutting and working towards freeing this giant whale. “We had been out in a whale watching tour in the morning and it was very clear to us straight away that something was wrong.

The Humpback was always in the same place, not diving, not lying still, always agitated, when we came closer we saw a buoyancy and the net was visible around the fluke, across the body and inside the mouth” says Freyr.

With a guidance from the members of Emergency Response Team on whales in danger in Iceland, the team began freeing the Humpback. Slowly they got closer and closer getting a grip of the net and step by step cutting one meter away.

“The 10 years experience of working in the whale watching helped me and the team. We were on a 7 meters boat but the whale was 13 meters, so easily the whale could have capsized us. But as we got closer you could feel that the whale was calm and as work progressed it was clear to us that the whale was helping by turning when needed and in these moments you could feel the connection.

All the time as we were almost on top of this gentle giant, just once the whale touched the boat. As seen in the video the whale was very careful when raising its head or fluke around us” says Freyr.

The Humpback whale was spotted at 10:30 in the morning and then it was free from entanglement at 14:30. Great team effort and still it gives warmth in the heart to being able to save one of our dearest Humpback whale.

Special thanks and warm regards to the brave rescue team members Kristján Guðmundsson, Arinbjörn Ingi Guðmundsson, Sólrún Anna Óskarsdóttir and Haukur Arnar Gunnarsson.

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RNLI Atlantic 85 RIB Tractor Launch and Recovery

RNLI Redcar recently captured some excellent footage of their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, ‘Leicester Challenge III’, in launch and recovery with the Talus MB4H tractor.

The helm would normally reverse the lifeboat into the carriage for recovery, but in rough conditions like those seen here, a ‘net recovery’ is used. The net catches the lifeboat while the crew members place harnesses on the cage so that the boat is not left behind when the tractor moves forward.

The carriage can then be lifted and rotated 180 degrees so that they are ready to relaunch in just minutes.

This year marks 100 years since the first tractor was used to pull a lifeboat, though it took a little while to be fully adopted, with the last horse-drawn lifeboat launching in 1936!

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Highfield Classic 310 and 340 RIBs

Extra level of comfort for this double deck hulled dinghy that will keep your feet dry.

The high quality finish and luxury look belies the fact that this range of tenders has been designed to work hard. A durable aluminium hull coupled with full length keel guards make these ideal for those beach-hopping days with friends and family.

The large weight savings achieved compared to equivalent GRP tenders means you’ll enjoy impressive performance with smaller engines, and with excellent payload capacities, the Classic range really does offer a tender for everyone.

The optional FCT console allows forward steering control for increased comfort and greater ease of navigation. The hulls of the Classics are built of 2.5mm thick powder coated marine grade aluminium. The tubes are made of 1100 dtex coated fabric.

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