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Rayglass new Protector on show



Look out on the water during the racing at the Auckland Stopover and you’ll see Race Director Jack Lloyd and CEO Knut Frostad directing the action from the new Rayglass 9m Cabin Protector rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB).


Rayglass Boats are New Zealand designers and manufacturers of a large range of award winning power boats designed for pleasure, fishing and work. As well as providing vessels for the New Zealand market, Rayglass export products to countries as far afield as Norway, Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA.


Rayglass’ Protector range of RIBs are hugely popular because the design provides a stable platform with a wide cockpit space and good sea-keeping ability.


As the new Rayglass 9m Cabin Protector makes its debut here at the Auckland Stopover, the first shipment is leaving for the USA.


The basis of the 9m Cabin Protector is the 8.5m Cabin Protector but the new model includes a number of technical improvements designed to improve safety, stability and enjoyment.


The biggest improvement is the automatic under-bow anchoring system that uses an electric winch to lower and weigh anchor. Gone are the days where the anchor is simply cast over the side.


This new system can help avoid strain injuries from pulling in the anchor. The controls for the new automatic under-bow anchor are found in the redesigned console that features an enlarged helm area and more cockpit space.


Another major improvement is a redesigned transom, built to accommodate the new generation of larger, more powerful engines and larger power heads.The new-look transom is designed so that the engine can be tilted all the way out of the water for beach landings compared with the previous generation where the bucket prevented the engine rotating all the way out.


Call in at the Rayglass display at the DHL NZ Marine Export Showcase in the Viaduct Events Centre during the Auckland Stopover to find out more.