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RNLI Atlantic 85 Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)

The weight reduction resulting from the use of advanced composite materials for RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Boats allows faster response times and lower operating costs.

We have manufactured the latest generation of RNLI inshore life boats since 2006 and 40 sets of deck and hull structures have been manufactured to date.  Our advanced composite materials solution for the deck and hull produces lighter, stronger and higher performing inshore craft.

By applying a carbon and glass reinforced sandwich construction process, we have cut the component weights by 25% compared with traditional polyester composite hull and deck structures.

The lean manufacturing process we use to produce the components results in a high performance laminate with low void content and high quality repeatable assembly over the operational life of the RIB.

Technical Specification

Sandwich Structural Foam Core with Carbon and Glass reinforcement fibre
Resin System

All materials resistant to salt corrosion and in-service fluids and contaminants.

Length 8.3m Beam 2.8m
Deck and hull components 660 kg
Top speed
35 knots