Fusion Polycraft's RIB Designed To Be Indestructible

Fusion Polycraft offers the FRC 1; a RIB comprised entirely of heavy-duty polyethylene or GRP, and touted as indestructible. The RIB's hull, sponson and seating are all made from polyethylene — with the hull fabricated from 12 mm thick PE80 sheeting. IMO/SOLASapproved, the RIB has many applications including offshore and inshore rescue, coastguard police and workboat.

With a waterline line length of 17 ft.

(5.2 m) and a beam of 8 ft. (2.6 m), the vessel has U.S. Coast Guard approval, and is predicted to require no repair/rectification rectification work after a five-year period.

The vessel's radar-resistance should prove beneficial for the military "Stealth" market. The RIB has the ability of being "cached," meaning that when it is submerged underwater for a long period of time, the water can be expelled and float easily to the surface where it is then driven off.

Fusion propulsion recommendations are either a 300 hp UltraJet/Yanmar engine package, or the use of twin 150 hp outboard engines. Providing power to the UltraJet 251 waterjet is a single Yanmar 4LHG-STE marine diesel, providing 172 kW, bringing the vessel to speeds of 28 knots when loaded with three crew and 150 liters of fuel.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 25,  Oct 2001

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