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Red Jet 1 Specification

Red Jet 1 berthing at Cowes

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Red Jet 1 had the following specification when owned and operated by Red Funnel.

  • Built: 1991 by FBM Marine Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Yard no. 1289
  • Type: Solent Class Catamaran
  • Registered No: 719584
  • Service speed: 32.5 knots @ 85% maximum continuous rating
  • Maximum speed: 35.5 knots
  • Range: 97.5 nautical miles (@ service speed)
  • Crew: 1 x Commander, 1 x Mate, 1 x Cabin Attendant (max crew 6)
  • Passenger capacity: 138 seated
  • Length (over all): 32.5m, Waterline length (excl waterjet): 27.5m, Beam moulded: 8.40m
  • Draught (loaded): 1.10m, Freeboard: 1.95m
  • Gross tonnage: 168 tonnes, Net tonnage: 57 tonnes
  • Deadweight: 17.89 tonnes, Displacement (lightship): 77.36 tonnes
  • Tank capacities: Fuel oil 1,600 litres, Fresh water 250 litres, Lube oil 50 litres, Hydraulic oil 100 litres

Navigation equipment

  • Radar: X Band Furuno FR1500 Mk3 dual display
  • Gyro Compass: 1 x C Plath Navigat X
  • Magnetic Compass: Sestral Speed Minor
  • Echo Sounder: 1 x Walker 4040 log
  • Log: Walker 4040
  • VHF: 1 x DSC Furuno FN2510, 1 x DSC Icom ICM56, 3 x handheld Icom ICM12
  • GPS: 1 x Furuno GPS80
  • Chart: 1 x Transas Navi Sailor 3000 electronic chart plotter
  • AIS Transponder: McMurdo M-2
  • Whistle: Ibuki E150


  • Main engines: 2 x MTU 12V 396TE84L 4 stroke direct injectiion liquid cooled turbocharged intercooled diesles each developing 1,360 kW 1,940 rpm. MTU supplied microprocessor control & monitoring
  • Propulsion: 2 x MJP J650R-DD waterjets
  • Gearboxes: 2 x ZF BU465 non-reversable reduction gearboxes with integral oil system & seawater cooled heat exchanger. Coupled to each engine via a disengaging clutch
  • Steering: Styr-Kontroll-Teknik computerised system
  • Generators: 2 x 4cyl Iveco 8045M diesel sets developing 12.5 kW at 1,500 rpm, 230v 50Hz, 3 phase 3 wire system


  • Wash: 38cm @ 93 metres (cruising speed, full load)
  • Turning circle time: 54 seconds (port or starboard)
  • Emergency stop @ 35 knots: 20 seconds, 205 metres
  • Anchoring: 1 x Bruce 177kg Super High Holding Power anchor
  • Public Address System: 1 x Phontech 3001
  • Liferafts: 1 x 55 man & 1 x 65 man RFD self-inflating life rafts
  • Lifejackets: 144 x Aquaguard 2 for persons weighing > 32kg & 20 x Aquaguard 2 for persons weighing < 32kg
  • MOB Markers: 2 x Pains Wessex Man Overboard smoke/light float
  • Lifebuoys: 4 x SOLAS approved, comprising: 2 x 30m Buoyant Line, 2 x 4.5kg Bridge Wind for MOB
  • Flares: 12 x Paines Wessex Mk3 Red Parachute
  • Line throwing apparatus: 2 x Schermully Speedline 250
  • Fire detection: Thorn Security
  • Fire Pumps: 2 x Cleghorn Waring
  • Fire Extinguishers: Wormald CO² Drench System, 2 x 9 litre AFFF, 3 x 9 litre Foam, 4 x 5kg CO²
  • Portable Pump: 1 x AMA Drainer 303 NE Submersible Bilge Pump
  • Cathodic Protection: MG Duffs' ZD72B(M) sacrificial zinc anodes
  • Classification: DnV + 1A1 R15 E0
  • Survey: UK MCA Class IV
  • Certification: Dynamically Supported Craft Safety Certificate, Permit to Operate High Speed Craft, ISM Document of Compliance, ISM Safety Management Certificate
  • Port of Registery: Southampton, United Kingdom
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Red Jet 1 was built to 2 Compartment Damage Stability. This means that the vessel can survive damage which results in flooding of any two adjacent compartments. The vessel will float and not list more than 10 degrees to the horizontal allowing the launching of liferafts.

Waterjet drawing

Waterjets explained

Each waterjet consists of an inlet duct that forms an integral part of the hull, a pump impeller, outlet nozzle, steering nozzle and a reversing bucket. The impeller is mounted within the inlet duct and is driven by the engine. It takes seawater via the inlet opening on the underside of the vessel and discharges via the outlet nozzle and the steering nozzle at the transom. The steering nozzle can be deflected 30 degrees either side of the amidship position to give the required steering effect. Astern movement is achieved by positioning the reversing bucket into the water jet flow thus deflecting the thrust forward to give astern movement.

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Contact Centre: For travel, accommodation and enquiries call +44 (0)23 8001 9192

Switchboard: Tel +44 (0)23 8024 8500. Fax +44 (0)23 8024 8501.

Registered in England: 002404, VAT number: GB 902 873131. All Rights Reserved, © 2014 Red Funnel (i-047e5cdd733e0df07)

Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally


Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

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