Mariner Sails Through Quarter Century With Barrus

Should the RNLIs new IB1 capsize, its Mariner engine can be restarted within 20 seconds following total submersion. Should the RNLIs new IB1 capsize, its Mariner engine can be restarted within 20 seconds following total submersion.
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Oxfordshire UK based EP Barrus Ltd celebrated 25 years as distributor of Mariner outboard engines at the London Boat Show this month. The occasion was marked by the launch of a new 225 hp four stroke engine and news that the new 50hp versions of the Mariner FAST PIRS (Post Immersion Restart System) were being fitted to all of the RNLI's new Inshore Boat 1 (IB1) lifeboats.

Some 14 IB1s are now in service around the UK coast with more to come as the new craft gradually replaces the much loved D class boa.

Although similar to look at, the new RIB's structure is fibre reinforced composite rather than marine plywood for greater strength and lower maintenance.

The 50hp Mariner FAST PIRS engine can be restarted after complete submersion within 20 seconds and boosts the IB1's top speed to 25 knots for faster response than that delivered by the 18 to 20 knot D class.

Mariner engines meet much of the British Ministry of Defence requirement and provide all Special Forces custom-built engines. Barrus sees expanding opportunities for the FAST PIRS system, with interest being shown from the Special Forces of a number of countries. The company's in-house research and development capability is available to develop a FAST PIRS version of the three cylinder, 90 hp Mariner should a customer request it.

MJ Information No: 17830

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