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Naiad commences a busy 2010
Naiad has reported a great start to the
year, with many builds underway
around the world.
One notable contact has been the
supply of ten ten-metre patrol boats to the
US Department of Justice, for deployment
into Indonesia and the Philippines. These
boats feature a walk-around deck, foam
fender, and have twin outboard power for
easy servicing. These boats all use the same
Naiad ten-metre stepped hull that has been
the basis for many successful workboats in
Australia, including WA Police.
Also underway in the USA are two
6.5 metre superyacht tenders. These identical
boats are replacing an eight-year-old Naiad
which has been a great workhorse for the
yacht. The new boats have Yanmar 194kW
engines and Hamilton 241 jets. One will be a
crew tender; the second will be the guest
tender and finished to a very standard.
Kirby Marine in Perth has doubled its
factory size and is now well settled into the
larger space. On a recent visit, Naiad
director John Cowan complimented Rob
and Natalie Kirby on the investment,
which will see Naiad build capacity
increase further in the busy western state.
And on the east coast of Australia,
Woody Marine launched a Naiad 15-metre
pilot boat in March, destined for
Port Kembla. This boat carries all the
features of the big Naiad pilot boats,
including the robust 700mm foam fender
system. The boat performed extremely well
in sea trials, and in her distinctive yellow
and green paint job she looks very smart as
well, according to Naiad.
In China, Naiad's builder Aurora Yachts
is well advanced with four 15-metre pilot
boats, with the first two due for delivery
mid-year. These boats are destined for two
ports in China's north and will operate in
quite extreme weather conditions.
Temperatures during winter are down to
minus 20ºC so these boats are fitted with
heated double-glazed windows, heated
engine air vents, and heavier hull plate
to cope with occasional surface ice on
In New Zealand, Naiad has just completed
the delivery of the third of three identical
10.2-metre twin diesel jet rescue boats for the
Coastguard. The first two boats now have
almost 300 hours clocked up between them,
and the operators are very enthusiastic about
the capability, comfort and also the
economy of the new boats.
They are powered by twin Yanmar SLP
236kW engines, running through Twin
Disc gearboxes to Hamilton 274 jets. A big
feature of the boats has been Naiad's clever
design that allows deck level workspace
down the side of the aft-mounted engines.
And in Europe, three Naiad 10 metre
open tourist boats are underway, with
completion due for the coming northern
hemisphere summer season. These boats
will be twin outboard powered, and will
have Naiad's very handy bow boarding
system, allowing safe and easy transfer to
and from the shore.
For further information contact:
Naiad Design, New Zealand.
Silver Marine delivers a 6.6-metre RIB
Silver Marine has recently delivered the
6.6-metre RIB 'Phoenix 660' to its French
owner, Richard Raynes.
The new vessel is 6.6 metres in overall
length on a 2.5-metre beam with a draught
of 1.8 metres. The vessel was built with
The vessel has a deck cargo capacity of
2,100kg, a fuel capacity of 200 litres and
carries up to 14 passengers.
Powered by a single Suzuki 130kW
four-stroke outboard, the new RIB has a
cruising speed of 28 knots and a maximum
speed of 37 knots.
China's Silver Marine was established
The company is a subsidiary of inflatable
manufacturer ORPC, which has 19 years of
experience in the industry, strong research
and development and ISO accreditation and
three brands of inflatable vessel -- Silver
Marine, Seabo and Aqua Marina.
Materials for the vessels were supplied
by leading European manufacturers Mehler
Haku and ORCA.
For further information contact:
Silver Marine (Shanghai), China.
The 'Phoenix 660', pictured here with Mercury
outboard propulsion. The RIB undertook sea trials
in China with a Suzuki four-stroke engine
H.O. Bostrom Company
Tel: +1 262 542 0222 // Fax: +1 262 542 3784
Waukesha, WI USA // Shanghai, China // Hamburg, Germany www.hobostrom.com
Pacifica Pilot Chair with
JX-190 Jockey Seat
Torsion 580 Suspension
Shock mitigating, marine coated seating for comfort, safety and durability
A Naiad 10-metre RIB for the Philippines
undergoing sea trials in the US
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