7.23m Aluminium RHIB – Navy


Length OA7.23 m (23” 9’)
Length Alloy6.51 m (21” 4’)
Length WL6.21 m (20” 4’)
Beam2.75 m (9′ 1″)
Beam Alloy
Draft hull0.51 m (1′ 8″)
Displacement2320 kg (5115 lbs)
Engine PowerSingle 260Hp Sterndrive
Fuel Capacity205 Ltr (53 Gallons)
Sprint Speed38 knots
Hull MaterialMarine Grade Aluminium Alloy
First year of construction2012
ISO/CECategory B (Offshore)


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DVD 7.23m Aluminium RHIB with Forward Console and Sterndrive (8PAX)

This RIB is designed to be deployed on the Coastal Patrol Frigates of the Canadian Department of National Defence (Navy). We were awarded the contract for this design in late June of 2012 and the first boats in the program had to be seatrialled and operational by the start of November, which is an immensely tight schedule in anyone’s book.

Nevertheless, despite the tight schedule and immensely constrictive technical specification our collaboration with Kanter Marine, Ontario has resulted in another superlative vessel. Initial reports are that this design as exceeded all expectations by a healthy margin.

Particularly pleasing is the performance of the Volvo Penta Aquamatic D4 260Hp Duoprop engine and drive combination which delivers superb acceleration and exceeds the top speed requirements of the fully loaded vessel.

This design features a fold down Radar Arch to enable the trailered vessel to be transport by a Lockheed C120. The sliding & folding deck seating is custom designed by de Villiers design according to DND rerquirements and can be switched to fully shock-mitigating if required. Fuel capacity is a miserly 205 litres due to overall weight restrictions but this can be increased as required.

Well done again to Kanter Marine for translating our design into a quality product.