Our boats are built by our own company quinquarimarine.co.uk. 25 years ago we started to develop our own RHIBs and now export them all round the world. They are such a versatile craft and built specifically for our boat trips – allowing quick access to challenging waters and passenger comfort in confused seas.
We have a fleet of RHIBs and our customer’s love them – so why are RHIBs the most popular?
What makes us even more remarkable is that we have a fleet of vessels that is always no more than 3 years old and encompasses the latest technology. No matter what their age we will change the engines when they have reached half their expected working life. We achieve this as we also manufacture (and export worldwide) our own vessels under our boat building business quinquarimarine.co.uk.
This is based in St Davids and employs local people.
We purpose build our boats ourselves for our own operation. They are so successful that this has enabled us to send hundreds of these vessels worldwide. Not only do tour operators purchase them but also oil companies, the police force and the military.
We have vessels in every continent – even the Antarctic.If you have been on a boat like this somewhere else then there is every chance that it was built by us!
All vessels are inspected and approved by the MCA and we adopt strict audited maintenance regimes. Our engines are the least polluting and comply with the strictest EPA 2014 standards.
As builders we put our vessels through some remarkable tests including dropping from a height, capsize etc. No matter how good a boat it still needs a lot of care and attention. We adopt a stringent ethos of preventative maintenance and there are strict daily and weekly checks that are logged and communicated back to our office. We spare no money on maintenance or repairs.
We have a dedicated workshop with full time engineers and with a fleet of vessels we can rotate them to bring them in for maintenance.
The skippers tend to have their “own” boat that they prefer and look after. And the driving reason for all of this – is not only your safety and care but if we do not sail we do not earn! So do we ever break down – yes occasionally. Despite new systems, latest technology and thorough maintenance it can still go wrong.
The norm is some silly alarm on a system even if there is no fault – just like on a car, but we still have to engage a stop and inspection. We can get a tube puncture alongside the slip and that may mean the boat coming to the workshop for repair. On the engines we get the occasional sensor (though we do have full computerised engine diagnostics on board) and maybe a gearbox damage. On average a couple of times a year we get a breakdown and in most cases it is fixed at sea. In any event we have two engines so we can always get you home (we would never set to sea on just one) or we can send another of our boats and transfer you.
And if in any doubt we will ask the lifeboat to standby (most of our skippers are lifeboat crew as well!).
Propellers v. jets
There is some anecdotal evidence that underwater acoustics from a jet can cause problems for dolphins and porpoises – the Dutch Navy will no longer allow jets for their diving operations but we are not convinced by this argument. So on the basis of propulsion we have no problem in recommending a jet or a propeller boat. When choosing a boat trip then please look carefully at the boats and ask how old they are and what their maintenance programs are – it will not assure your safety in this hostile environment but it may well contribute to it.