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EXCEL BOATS LAUNCH NEW VOLAIRE 480 AT RESCUE 3 CONFERENCE 2019

New VOLAIRE 480 Inflatable Boat.

An exciting new rapid deployment craft aimed at the Fire and Rescue Service will make its UK debut at the Rescue 3 Europe Technical Rescue Conference in Cardiff.

Excel Boats has chosen the conference and trade show held on May 1 as the ideal venue to launch the all-new Volaire 480 fully inflatable boat.

The much-awaited craft boasts several cutting-edge features to ensure it can withstand the rigours of hard working environments found in emergency rescue services and military theatres.

The lightweight Volaire 480 features an integrated inflatable deck and hull for rapid deployment, along with heavy duty tubes crafted from 1.2mm Hytex fabric for maximum strength and durability. The new hull incorporates a innovative integral design that provides maximum stability at planing speeds. A class leading 1250kg loading capacity with 10-person crew capability will ensure the new boat will become the first choice for operators seeking increased space and safety with enviable handling in the harshest of conditions.

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EXCEL BOATS TO LAUNCH NEW VIRAGO 470 AT RYA DINGHY SHOW 2019

New rigid inflatable boat (RIB) makes its world debut at popular London show

Excel Boats' latest new craft - the Virago 470 - will make its world debut at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace in London from 2nd to 3rd March. The all-new rigid inflatable boat will be unveiled for the first time on stand F1 and is loaded with a host of unique features.

The new model offers 6-person crew capacity wrapped up in a 4.7 metre lightweight craft for enviable handling in virtually all sea conditions. The streamlined Aluminium hull and deck has undergone a corrosion-resistant conversion process called 'Chromate Plating' with colour choice powder coating to ensure a smart and durable finish.

The Virago 470 on display at the popular event will be fitted with a Suzuki 40hp engine and includes an integrated jockey seat with helm console. An optional rear bench box seat can be removed for additional space if needed, with other seating layouts available to specific club requirements.

As with Excel's larger Vantage and Virage range, the Virago uses the same proven construction techniques for its inflatable collars and specification from the successful Voyager models. Excel Boats owner, Terry Wright said: "The RYA Dinghy Show is the perfect platform to launch our new Virago 470 model as it is the ideal craft to withstand the rigours of a hardworking environment around sailing clubs - both inland and coastal.

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Hairy Bikers make waves at Excel Boats stand at Southampton Boat Show 2018

 

Two celebrity cooks, Si King and Dave Myers (a.k.a. The Hairy Bikers), dropped anchor at Excel Boats stand at the Southampton Boat Show 2018.

The much-loved culinary duo stopped off on Saturday to chat to staff while out promoting an exciting cooking demonstration of one of their exclusive dishes.

Si and Dave are known as big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food. They have been cooking together for more than twenty years and were at the show to curate the menu for a premium waterfront restaurant, the Mariner's Grill.

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Hairy Bikers make waves at Excel Boats stand at Southampton Boat Show 2018

EXCEL BOATS LAUNCH NEW VIRAGO 520 AT SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW 2018

 

New rigid inflatable boat (RIB) makes its world debut at the show's 50th anniversary year.

Leading inflatable boat company Excel Boats chose TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show 2018 to launch its latest new craft - the Excel Virago 520.

Unveiled for the first time at stand E074, the rigid inflatable boat heralds a joint initiative between Seacrest Design and Excel's quality engineering and construction plant to produce a new unique craft for the recreational and commercial market.

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Virago 520

Excel boat takes centre stage at Rutland Polo Club

 


An Excel Virago 310 custom Yacht Tender was invited to take centre stage at a recent British Marine Midlands summer networking event.

Pimms and Polo was held at Rutland Polo Club on July 12 and included a 'Meet the Expert' session, followed by Pimms and canapes. Members settled in to watch battle commence on the polo pitch with a closely fought match between the two teams, sponsored by British Marine members, GJW Direct and Marine Resources.

The Marine Resources polo team came away victorious, taking with them The Horseshoe Trophy.

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Excel Virago 310 custom Yacht Tender

POWERBOAT ENTHUSIAST EMBARKS ON ROUND BRITAIN CHALLENGE

 

A powerboat enthusiast is attempting a solo circumnavigation of the entire coastline of Britain in an Excel Vanguard 435 inflatable boat. 'Ally' Swarbrick will cover more than 1700 nautical miles in the 'Round Britain SIB Challenge 2018' in what is hoped will be a record breaking time of under 17 days.

Powered by a Suzuki outboard, the 4.35m craft set off from Hamble Point Marina in Southampton on Saturday 21 July and will take in refueling locations including Torbay, Milford Haven, Liverpool and Oban and eventually finishing again at Hamble Point on Tuesday 7 August.

Ally, 45, was inspired to take on the gruelling challenge after watching similar attempts on YouTube. The HGV driver and RIB fanatic from Motherwell in Scotland has completed several shorter voyages but nothing on this scale.

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powerboat enthusiast is attempting a solo circumnavigation of the entire coastline of Britain in an Excel Vanguard 435

THE ABFAB MOVIE WITH THE EXCEL VANGUARD 535 IN ACTION!

 


Absolutely Fabulous movie Vanguard 535 zooming down the Thames.

AbFab Thames Scene

THE ABFAB MISS KATE MOSS WITH THE EXCEL VANGUARD 535 IN ACTION!

 


Kate Moss spotted filming scenes for the Absolutely Fabulous movie in the cold River Thames, sporting a beautiful green sequinned gown with fag in hand. The Excel Vanguard 535 in the frame supporting the action as camera and dive platform. I believe that she "drowned" in the movie after a fracas with the devious duo!!


The Jordanian Civil Defence Commission Excel Vantage RiB's as Patrol Craft for the Dead Sea

The Jordanian Civil Defence have commissioned two Excel Vantage 570 RiB's, custom built to exacting specifications and fitted with a centre console, radar arch and Evinrude 75hp engines as patrol craft for the Dead Sea.

The Government plan to develop the coast as a greater tourist attraction and there are already a number of spa hotels with Watersports and recreational boating on the agenda.

The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth, 1059' below sea level with temperatures of 44.5 degrees and the initial launch proved to be a challenge as the original slipway is now 10 meters above the sea level because of evaporation of the densely salinated waters. A beach launch was therefore needed with the assistance of 10 military personnel!  



Excel Boats - Jordanian Civil Defence
Excel Boats - Jordanian Civil Defence
Excel Boats - Jordanian Civil Defence
Excel Boats - Jordanian Civil Defence
Jordanian Civil Defence
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8 x Excel Vanguard 535 Patrol and Rescue Craft for the European Games in Baku



Excel Boats - European Games in Baku 2015
Excel Boats - European Games in Baku 2015
Excel Boats - European Games in Baku 2015
Excel Boats - European Games in Baku 2015
Excel Boats - European Games in Baku 2015

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MSAR on Thames Patrol during the Recent Floods



Olympic 2012 search & rescue team
Olympic 2012 search & rescue team
Olympic 2012 search & rescue team
Olympic 2012 search & rescue team
Olympic 2012 search & rescue team

Excel Vanguard 535
with Vector 40hp 2 Stroke


Skyfall - James Bond

 


007 Daniel Craig and the Excel Vanguard 535 team up for the “Skyfall” Intelligence Gathered promotion.

To view the movie clip click the image to the right.


Keeping Health and Safety afloat for London Olympics 2012.

Olympic Rings 2012With the recent introduction of our VANGUARD series designed specifically for search and rescue, what better way to qualify than as a safety and patrol boat for the Olympic Park at London 2012?
 
The Health & Safety Officers will be patrolling the waterways around the Olympic Park in a VANGUARD RS535 powered by an Evinrude E-TEC 30hp outboard, and an Excel Vanguard RS365 with a Vector 15hp as Support Craft for Olympic Park.


Olympic 2012 rescue boat
Vanguard RS365 powered with a Vector 15hp
Olympic 2012 rescue boat
The Vanguard RS535 patrolling the Olympic Park throughout London 2012
Olympic 2012 rescue boat
The Vanguard RS535 patrolling the Olympic Park throughout London 2012
The Excel Vanguard 535
The Excel Vanguard RS535 checking mooring of Gloriana during patrol of the Olympic Waterways
Olympic 2012 rescue boat
The London 2012 Rescue Boat Speed trials for emergency response

At the front line of Olympics 2012
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At the front line of health & safety.

... New VANGUARD series of inflatable boats launches into search and rescue market ...

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Emergency Response Team – Search and Rescue

We are delighted to announce that ERT Search & Rescue team have invested in another 2 Excels, this time opting for the new VANGUARD RS430! These boats are an evolution of the XHD models and are geared towards search and rescue, security patrols and lifeguards, prompting excellent feedback from the team.

Olympic 2012 search & rescue team
Live Rescue demonstration
on the River Thames
Olympic 2012 search & rescue team
The Emergency Response Team thanks Excel for continued support
EXCEL INFLATABLE XHD385
Certificate of Thanks from ERT SAR

ERT-SAR Pakistan

ERT-SAR also deployed to Pakistan in 2010 with a dozen Excel XHD535 inflatable boats to help the flood relief efforts and support the authorities there. These heavy-duty inflatable boats have a loading capacity of over 1600kg and can transport up to 12 people!

Pakistan Floods 2010.
Flooding was so severe that boats
were the only means of transport
Pakistan Floods 2010.
The Team get ready to move out.
Pakistan Floods 2010.
Villagers are escorted to safety.



Johnny English Reborn.

Olympics 2012Remember that boat-chase scene in the second instalment of the Johnny English series? Comic genius Rowan Atkinson performs a spectacular pursuit with his trusty sidekick to catch the bad guy who has made his getaway by inflatable boat, powered by a 40hp Vector Outboard!

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