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“Air Rider 820″ – 8.20m

Global Marine Design’s latest 8.2m Air Rider is a full new custom design for Charlie Keall of Donnybrook. This is the second Air Rider Charlie has owned, having upgraded from his original 7.3m forward cab built 12 years ago at Kirby Marine. This new vessel was built by Fine Entry Marine in Geraldton, from a GMD aluminium Marine Kit, with the very functional fit out completed by Chris Rodgers Marine to an exceptionally high standard.

The hull is all new from the ground up, with survey level structure and a long list of design refinements. Following the very successful sea trial we are sure that this is our highest performing Air Rider hull to date. The vessel has an incredibly soft ride, which must be experienced to believe, as well as the confidence inspiring sea keeping for which Air Riders are renowned.

When asked how this hull compares to his previous Air Rider, Charlie simply said “You just can’t even begin to compare the 7.3m (Air Rider) with this new boat, they are worlds apart and this new boat is just amazing”

The twin Yamaha 250hp outboards propel the Air Rider 820 to a sprint speed of 43 knots. This weapon will happily cruise all day at 22 knots on 3200 rpm and use just 53 litres/hr.

The island cab arrangement gives great shelter from the elements while also leaving space to fish along the full length of the vessel with easy access to the recessed stress free winch and bow boarding ladder. This kit is also available with an optional sleeper cab to cater for overnight trips and give more weather tight storage, providing a full 6’6″ sleeping zone, with uninterrupted deck walkway all around.

While the first 8.2m Air Rider will be used purely for offshore fishing we would also recommend this versatile hull for patrol, interceptor, sea rescue, crew transfer and commercial fishing applications.

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“Ocean Jet 188″- 32m Axe Bow Monohull

In July 2016 Global Marine Design travelled to Cebu, Philippines, for the launch of “OceanJet 188” for OceanJet Fast Ferries.  This vessel is the fifth 32m monohull ferry built for OceanJet from a Global Marine Design kitset and is the first to feature an ‘axe bow’ forward raking stem.

GMD was set the task and given free reign to design and kit an innovative bow module to minimise fuel consumption for this new vessel. The resulting hull reduces fuel consumption by nearly 20% at 24 knots transit speed and has added 2 knots to the sprint speed, now 30 knots, all with changing just the forward 25% of the existing hull.  OceanJet have opted to save 10% off their previous operational fuel bill while increasing their loaded service speed 2 knots to 26 knots at 1700 RPM.

Reducing the vessels fuel burn by 10% is a huge saving for the operator with the added benefit of minimising the environmental impact of the vessels operations.

“OceanJet 188” went straight into service in the afternoon following the launch and blessing ceremony.  Long-time OceanJet passengers have approached the crew with positive feedback for the improvement in ride comfort and shortened passage times.  Using seakeeping software GMD estimates that the vertical accelerations, a main culprit in causing seasickness, has been reduced by 12%.

Following the huge success of this first axe bow ferry, OceanJet have placed orders for further axe bow vessel kitsets from Global Marine Design to continue to modernise and optimise their ferry fleet.

With structural plan approval by BV, this hull is also well suited for use in patrol or crew transfer roles, where speed and efficiency are of high importance.

For more information on the 32m axe bow ferry or to discuss an axe bow modification for your own vessel please click ‘Contact Us’.

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