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2013 Redbay Stormforce 11 Touring
Stormforce 11 Touring
The Stormforce 11 touring cabin builds on the success of the cruising cabin whilst offering an additioanl space for storage or two junior berths. It is taken from the same mould as the cruising cabin but it has an additional element added to the aft section of the cabin. The other main benefit is improved access and a full marine door. The touring cabin model delivers a very generous cabin space and is generally favoured by owners with younger families.
The Stormforce 11 is the flagship in our range, and offers the best that RIBs can offer. The 11 was a natural development from the 9.1, due to customer demand for a larger RIB. Puffin Dive Centre in Oban took the first two boats out of the mould for their operations on the West Coast of Scotland. Since then, the 11 has developed and continued to grow in its popularity; every 11m RIB is unique and customised according to the customer's requirements.
The Cabin version is what we would consider the ultimate for offshore cruising. The latest generation is fully decked - truly unique among Ribs The Touring Cabin is fitted with Seaglaze toughened marine grade safety windows. In terrible conditions offshore it is reassuring to know that you have the fantastic seakeeping of the 11m hull underneath you, with the safety and comfort of a cabin. Arrive at your destination warm, dry and relaxed, having experienced the joy of what has been termed "the finest RIB available today".
The Stormforce 11 is a deep V hull form, which is one of the reasons that this RIB has such fantastic abilities in rough offshore conditions. The Deep-V hull is combined with sprayrails to produce additional lift and improve the hydrodynamics of the hull. The tube is designed to sit firmly in contact with the water surface while at rest; this ensures that the RIB has maximum stability.
One of the major design features is the Hard Nose. This was developed due to several reasons, and has proven itself one of the most successful features on this design after many years in testing. The Hard Nose is primarily a safety feature. When a RIB such as this is driven hard in a large sea state, there is a real risk that detubing could occur. Thus, the nose is designed to offer complete protection to the tubes when operating in these conditions. Furthermore, there are actually two independent tubes on each side of the hull, offering even greater safety.
The other features of the hard nose are mainly from a practicality need. The GRP nose offers a much more suitable platform from which to anchor or moor, without any problems with damaging the tubes. It also offers much more internal space; this was incorporated into a large dry storage locker, and in most models facilitates twin berths.
The RIB can be powered by any propulsion system but is ideally suited to Twin Yamaha Diesel Sterndrive installations.
The Touring Cabin differs from our standard cabin in that there is a raised section at the aft end of the cabin. This serves several purposes. Firstly, it allows us to fit a full swing door instead of the gangway style door on the other versions. Secondly, there is a much larger internal volume ideal for customisation.
One layout features a two level interior. The interior floor continues at the same height as the deck when you enter the cabin. A galley and toilet/shower cubical is fitted on this level. Steps then take you down into the main cabin. Access is provided under the raised area, and this creates an absolutely massive dry storage area. The main cabin can then be laid out to any required format, such as 4 KAB seats and 2 side benches.
Another configuration of the Touring Cabin is having the cabin all at the same normal floor level. Two large storage racks are then placed above the Galley and Toilet cubicle, easily within reach as you enter the main door. The Touring Cabin version offers plenty of options for customisation of the interior.
Fitout can be completed with Teak & Holly flooring, and many customers specify custom bespoke Red Cherry paneling and furniture. Decks can be finished with either our High Grade Non-Slip surface or Tek-Deck.
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