On Friday 30th May, on a sunny day in Cowes, Isle of Wight the latest crew transfer vessel from Island based shipbuilders South Boats IOW Ltd made it’s first public appearance at the ‘On The Water’ event at Cowes Yacht Haven. The latest design 24m aluminium catamaran, designed and built on the island, was on display for attendees to come aboard and view. Purpose built to take technicians and heavy payloads out to Europes offshore windfarms, the vessel created a lot of interest amongst the dignitaries, marine enthusiasts and everyone else that came along.
The Seacat Ranger will officially be handed over to it’s new owners Seacat Services Ltd at next weeks Seawork Exhibition in Southampton where tens of thousands of visitors will get the opportunity to climb aboard the vessel. Alongside her will also be the 18m South Boats IOW built MPI Lucinda and Alicat Workboats latest 23m design the Dalby Swale which will also be handed over to new owners Dalby Offshore Services Ltd during the exhibition.
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IW’S MARINE KNOW-HOW ON DISPLAY AT ‘FIRST’ EVENT.
ISLAND ingenuity and engineering prowess was on show at Cowes Yacht Haven last Friday, when boats built on the IW lined the pontoon for On The Water.
The British Marine Federation (BMF), which organised the event, was hoping to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved with water-based activities.
Curtis Clayton, BMF IW chairman, said:”This was the first On The Water, and i think, the first event like it for a long time, if ever. We wanted to celebrate the Island’s marine industry and heritage.”
Boats of all sizes were on display, from a small launch built by Newport firm, Coastalworker Boats, to Red Funnel’s Red Jet 3.
The event featured windsurfing displays and a safety at sea display by the RNLI.
UKSA also took around 40 people on boat rides.