Suzuki outboards are used extensively throughout the commercial sector, powering craft that undertake a range of duties. From safety boats and offshore rescue, to Harbour Master and general support vessels, Suzuki has an outboard for every application.
One such commercial client is Commercial RIB Charter (CRC) and its sister company Solent RIB Charter, based in Lymington, Hampshire. Suzuki is proud to have been the sole outboard supplier for its fleet of 25 vessels for over eight years.
CRC operates a variety of Catamarans and wheelhouse RIBs from 9m to 15m which include purpose built 15m shallow draft Crew Transfer RIBs, 11m Surface Supply Dive Support Vessels, Survey Boats and a number of Guard Boats and Safety RIBs. Additionally, CRC has a large fleet of 7.8m and 8.8m open RIBs. CRC can provide boats to meet their customers’ exact requirements with or without crew.
Many of their vessels are big and heavy so they require the power and performance of a four-stroke outboard motor, and there are numerous reasons why CRC chose Suzuki engines for its outboard-powered craft.
Outstanding power to weight ratio
Lightweight and compact, Suzuki outboards deliver plenty of low-end torque, instant throttle response, smooth acceleration and fast top-end speed, whilst large diameter propellers aid low speed manoeuvrability. In particular, Suzuki’s V6 family of 200hp-350hp outboards have a unique narrow 55-degree cylinder block and an offset drive shaft making them extremely compact and ideal for twin installations.
With clients using CRC’s boats for a number of key projects and high-profile situations they need their engines to be high quality and thus reliable. Breakdowns are simply unacceptable and after strenuous testing, CRC opted for Suzuki and have not had any significant failures or breakdowns since. Suzuki engines benefit from meticulous research and testing programmes, making Suzuki outboards incredibly reliable and effective, giving commercial boat handlers huge peace of mind.
Ease of servicing
Commercial engines can accumulate a high number of hours, so oil changes and basic routine work needs to be quick and easy. By their very nature, outboard motors are much easier than inboard motors to access and service as they are mounted on the transom rather than inside the hull. Suzuki also offers pre-packed maintenance kits, which makes servicing even easier and is supported by an extensive network of professional Authorised Dealers across the UK.
In this day and age commercial operators are extremely focused on improving their carbon footprint. All of Suzuki’s electronically fuel injected engines benefit from its unrivalled Lean Burn Fuel Control technology, which predicts fuel needs according to operating conditions, then delivers the optimum fuel/air mixture to the engine, across the entire rev range. This means range is increased and commercial returns maximised.
Stuart Hedges, Director of CRC said, “We have had a great relationship with Suzuki GB from day one and receive an excellent level of service from them and their accredited Dealers, namely SAL Marine in Lymington and Ribcraft who have both also proved to be excellent in terms of knowledge and ability to support a commercial operation. Stock of engines has never been an issue and likewise parts are almost always available on a next day service.”
George Cheeseman, Head of Sales for Suzuki GB’s Marine Division said, “We really enjoy working with the team at Commercial RIB Charter who are extremely professional in everything they do. Suzuki’s core technologies such as selective rotation, drive-by-wire controls and Lean Burn fuel efficiency along with over 50 years of manufacturing expertise, means our outboards and boat partners are able to offer market-leading solutions to meet many commercial requirements.”
For more information about Commercial RIB Charter’s services, visit: www.commercialribcharter.co.uk
For more information about CRC’s sister company, Solent RIB Charter, visit: www.solentribcharter.co.uk
Suzuki will be once again exhibiting at the Seawork commercial boat show (11 – 13 June): www.seawork.com