VESSEL REVIEW | Redbill III – Durable rescue boat for Western Australian waters

VESSEL REVIEW | Redbill III – Durable rescue boat for Western Australian waters

Photo: Marine Rescue Broome

Marine Rescue Broome of Western Australia has taken delivery of a new rigid inflatable boat (RIB) from local builder Kirby Marine. Designed by New Zealand-based naval architecture firm Naiad Design of Australia’s The Whiskey Project Group, Redbill III was named in honour of Redbill, an old pearling boat that was built in Fremantle in 1903 and was lost during Tropical Cyclone Rosita in 2000.

This is now the second vessel in the Marine Rescue Broome fleet, sailing alongside a 7.6-metre vessel named Ibis. The newer vessel was manufactured as part of a AU$4 million (US$2.68 million) contract to construct vessels for the state’s volunteer Marine Rescue service.

The new boat measures 10 metres long and is powered by two Yamaha outboard engines that each produce 316 kW. A keel height of 0.4 metres allows the boat to be launched directly from shore at low tide, ensuring quicker responses to rescue calls.

Photo: Marine Rescue Broome

The RIB also has an open cabin and a tri-axle trailer that allows for beach launching. This design feature was suggested by volunteers from Marine Rescue Broome to ensure that the boat was suited to the operating conditions of the region.

Redbill III is also fitted with a Simrad radar, a Teledyne FLIR rotating thermal camera, and a radio direction finder for locating emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs).

Photo: Marine Rescue Broome

Click here for more news stories, feature articles, and vessel reviews as part of this month’s focus on emergency services vessels.

Redbill III
Type of vessel:RIB – Search and rescue
Owner:Marine Rescue Broome, Australia
Designer:Naiad Design, New Zealand
Builder:Kirby Marine, Australia
Length overall:10 metres
Main engines:2 x Yamaha outboards, each 316 kW
Night vision:Teledyne FLIR
Other electronics:Radio direction finder
Operational area:Western Australia

Baird Maritime

The best maritime site on the web. The sea's our scene!