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Red Jet 3 Specification

Red Jet Specification

  • Built: 1998 by FBM Marine Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Yard no. 1439
  • Type: Solent Class Catamaran
  • Registered No: 901323
  • Service speed: 35 knots @ 85% maximum continuous rating
  • Maximum speed: 38 knots
  • Range: 120 nautical miles (@ service speed)
  • Crew: 1 x Commander, 1 x Mate, 1 x Cabin Attendant (max crew 6)
  • Passenger capacity: 190 seated
  • Length (overall): 32.90m, Waterline length (excl waterjet): 29.50m, Beam moulded: 8.32m
  • Draught (loaded): 1.25m, Freeboard: 1.80m
  • Gross tonnage: 213 tonnes, Net tonnage: 77 tonnes
  • Deadweight: 22.11 tonnes, Displacement (lightship): 72.00 tonnes
  • Tank capacities: Fuel oil 2,500 litres, Fresh water 200 litres, Lube oil 100 litres, Hydraulic oil 230 litres, Oil Bilge 300 litres

Navigational Equipment

  • Radar: 2 x Litten Decca Bridgemaster X Band C180/4 Mk2 true motion radars with clutter reduction (1 x high-speed scanner & screen)
  • Gyro Compass: 1 x Plath Navigat X Mod 10
  • Magnetic Compass: 1 x Sestral Speed Major
  • Echo Sounder: 1 x Furuno FCV612
  • Log: 1 x Walker 4040
  • VHF: 2 x Sailor RT248 VHF DSC, 3 x Navico Axis GMD 150 handheld sets
  • SART's: 2 x Jotron Tronsart 9 Ghz (30 nm range)
  • GPS: 1 x Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator GP 32
  • Chart: 1 x Transas Navi Sailor 3000 electronic chart plotter
  • AIS Transponder: McMurdo M-2
  • Whistle: Ibuki E150
  • Searchlight: Jabsco


  • Main engines: 2 x MTU 12V 396 Series TE 74L 4 stroke direct injection liquid cooled turbocharged intercooled diesels each developing 1,500 Kw at 2,000 rpm. MTU supplied engine management and monitoring
  • Propulsion: 2 x MJP J650R-DD waterjets
  • Gearboxes: 2 x ZF BU465 gearboxes with integral oil system & seawater cooled heat exchanger. Coupled to each engine via a disengaging clutch
  • Steering: Styr-Kontrell-Teknik computerised system
  • Generators: 2 x 4cyl Perkins G&M 4236 turbo charged diesel sets. 415V 50Hz 3 Phase 4 wire AC system


  • Wash: 38cm at a distance of 93 metres
  • Turning circle time: 73 seconds (port or starboard)
  • Emergency stop @ 35 knots: 20 seconds, 111 metres
  • Wash control: Adjustable trim tabs for light load conditions
  • Public Address System: 1 x Phontech 3001
  • Video: Safety video presentation with subtitles
  • CCTV: Remote engine room & passenger accommodation monitoring
  • Anchoring: 1 x Bruce 110kg Super High Holding Power anchor
  • Liferafts: 4 x 65 man RFD self-inflating life rafts
  • Lifejackets: 200 x Creda Wessex SOLAS approved for persons weighing > 32kg & 20 x Creda Wessex SOLAS approved for persons weighing < 32kg
  • MOB Recovery: 1 x Jasons Cradle
  • 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: Scana-Servoteknikk Ass
  • Fire Pumps: 2 x Cleghorn Waring EAML 50
  • Fire Extinguishers: Wormald CO² Drench System, 3 x 9 litre AFFF, 2 x 6kg Dry Powder, 5 x 5kg CO²
  • Portable Pump: 1 x AMA Drainer 32-4.2-NE submersible bilge pump
  • Cathodic Protection: MG Duffs' ZD72B(M) sacrificial zinc anodes
  • Classification: DnV + 1A1 HSLC R3 (GBR) Passenger E0
  • Survey: UK MCA Class VI
  • 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


  • Seats: Leather with cup holders & seat pockets
  • Ventilation: Electric heating & ventilation with supplementary ram air system
  • Windows: Tinted with blown air demisting (electrically heated on bridge)
  • CCTV: 8 x cameras (including both engine rooms)
  • Screens: 5 x 32" LCD Flat panel displays
  • Multimedia: 1 x Navahoe MediaCat
  • Refreshments: Hot & cold drinks service
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Structural fire protection

The hull and superstructure of all Red Jet's are protected from the effects of fire and heat transfer by 60 minute structural fire protection in both engine rooms, this is known as A60 protection. Additionally, the wheelhouse is encapsulated by 30 minute (A30) structural fire protection. The passenger accommodation space is constructed from a combination of non-combustible and fire restricting materials.

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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Due to essential maintenance the last departures on our vehicle ferry this evening (13th February) will be 22:30 from Southampton and East Cowes.

The next scheduled departures after this time will be 05:45 from Southampton and 07:15 from East Cowes – we apologise for any inconvenience caused to your journey.

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