Excel Boats’ latest new craft - the Virago 470 powered by a Suzuki DF40A - will make its world debut at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace in London (2-3 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 DF40A, which benefits from Lean Burn Fuel Control technology that predicts fuel needs according to operating conditions, then delivers the optimum fuel/air mixture to the engine, resulting in greater fuel economy right across the rev range.
The boat includes an integrated jockey seat with helm console, with an optional rear bench box seat that can be removed for additional space if needed. Other seating layouts are 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 also supply and install 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
www.excel-inflatables.co.uk for more information.
The company’s premises at Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands also houses a spacious showroom of the complete range of Excel inflatable boats alongside a comprehensive range of outboard engines.
Excel Virago 470 specifications:
OVERALL LENGTH = 470CM
INSIDE LENGTH = 360CM
OVERALL WIDTH = 215CM
INSIDE WIDTH = 111CM
TUBE DIAMETER = 52CM
CHAMBERS = 5
- CE CATEGORY = C
- PERSON CAPACITY = 8
- SEATS INCLUDED = N/A
- LOADING CAPACITY = 920KG
- MAX POWER (TILLER) KW/HP = N/A
- MAX POWER (REMOTE) KW/HP = 60 / 80
- MAX ENGINE WEIGHT = 169KG
- ENGINE SHAFT LENGTH = LONG
- BOAT WEIGHT = 149KG
- DECK AND HULL = ALUMINIUM
- MAX TUBE PRESSURE INFL = 0.25 BAR
- TUBE FABRIC (HYTEX) = 1690 / 1.2MM