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."

"This latest addition to our popular Virago range is constructed to our usual impeccable standards and features heavy duty 1.2mm Hytex tube fabric to ensure incredible strength and durability. The new craft can be customised to our customer's exact specifications, with a host of optional extras and layout options to best suit sailing clubs, along with sea cadets, search and rescue organisations, military and emergency services. We can supply and installation navigation instruments as required at competitive prices."

"The result is an ideal sports RIB for both commercial and recreational use with space on board for up to six passengers and a 920kg loading capacity for equipment or provisions. We believe the Excel Virago 470 will become the first choice for buyers seeking increased space and safety at a highly competitive price."

The RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki, offers two packed days devoted to dinghy sailing. Visitors can rub shoulders with members of the British Sailing Team while enjoying a brand new line up of speakers, coaching sessions, interactive instalments and exhibitor stands.

Visitors are invited to drop by to view Excel's range of boats on display, or visit excel-inflatables.co.uk for more information.

Excel Virago specifications:

  • Overall Length = 4700 cm
  • Inside Length = 360 cm
  • Overall Width = 215 cm
  • Inside Width = 111 Cm
  • Tube Diameter = 52 cm
  • Chambers = 5
  • CE Category = C
  • Person Capacity = 8
  • Seats Included = N/A
  • Loading Capacity = 920 kg
  • Max Power (TILLER) KW/HP = N/A
  • Max Power (REMOTE) KW/HP = 60 / 80
  • Max Engine Weight = 169 kg
  • Engine Shaft Length = LONG
  • Boat Weight = 149 kg
  • Deck and Hull = ALUMINIUM
  • Max TUBE Pressure INFL = 0.25 Bar
  • Tube Fabric (Hytex) = 1690 / 1.2MM

Notes to Editors;

  • Excel Boats use leading design and traditional construction methods to produce an extensive range of high specification inflatable boats & RIBs.
  • • The company's premises at Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands houses a spacious showroom of the complete range of Excel Inflatable boats alongside a range of outboard engines. Current appointments include Suzuki, Mercury, Mariner, Tohatsu, Vector and Evinrude.

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