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Red Jet 6 Ferry

Red Jet 6

Vessel specs and features

Our largest Hi-Speed catamaran

Red Jet 6 was built in 2016 by Shemara Refit LLP in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight – a special project that marked the return of fast ferry building in the UK. Measuring 41.12 metres in length, Red Jet 6 is our largest hi-speed catamaran, with capacity for 275 passengers and four crew. Four powerful MTU2000 series engines and four MJP waterjet units provide a service speed of 38 knots. 

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All Weather
Operates Year Round
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Red Jet 4 Quick Facts

  • Builder: Shemara Refit LLP, Venture Quays, East Cowes, Isle of Wight United Kingdom
  • Type: 40m Catamaran Passenger Ferry
  • Speed: 38 knots @ 85% maximum continuous rating
  • Range: 200 nautical miles @ 38 knot service speed
  • Crew: 1 x Commander; 1 x Chief Officer; 1-2 x Cabin Attendant (max crew 4)
  • Passenger capacity: 275 seated + 2 wheelchairs
  • Length (overall): 41.12m; Waterline length (excluding waterjet): 37.94m; Beam moulded: 10.87m
  • Draught (loaded): 1.30m; Freeboard: 2.50m 
  • Tank capacities: Fuel oil 5,000 litres; Fresh water 1,000 litres; Lube oil 50 litres; Sullage 500 litres; Oil Bilge 400 litres

Navigational Equipment

  • Radar: 2 x Furuno FAR2817 radars with 6.5ft open array antennas - 12kW "X" Band. 19" type approved monitors
  • Electronic charting: 2 x Furuno FMD3200 ECDIS system supplied with EC3000 processor. 19" type approved monitors
  • GPS: 2 x Furuno GP170 GPS navigator with Furuno OP-20-23DGPS beacon set
  • Gyro Compass: Simrad GC85
  • Radio: 2 x Furuno FM-8900S class "A" DSC VHF radio telephone with handset
  • AIS: Furuno FA150 class "A" AIS system supplied with FA1502 display unit & transponder
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  • Main engines: 4 x MTU 10V 2000 M72 direct injection liquid cooled turbocharged intercooled diesels each developing 900kW @ 2,250 rpm. Total combined output: 3600kW. Exhaust emissions meet MARPOL directive IMO II
  • Gearboxes: ZF 3050D
  • Propulsion: 4 x MJP 500 DRB waterjets
  • Steering: Vector control of thrust and steering of both twin waterjets
  • Generators: 2 x Perkins Sabre 63kW 415v 3 phase 50Hz
  • Trim Control: Humphree interceptors to maintain low-wash characteristics


  • Safety video presentation c/w subtitles
  • CCTV: Remote machinery space and passenger accommodation monitoring & recording
  • Liferafts: 3 x Liferaft 151 person open reversible
  • Lifejackets: 295 x SOLAS approved for persons weighing > 43kg; 28 SOLAS approved for persons weighing < 43kg and 8 Infant lifejackets
  • Lifebuoys: 5 x SOLAS approved (comprising: 2 x 30m Buoyant Line; 2 x 4.5kg Bridge Wing for MOB; 1 x Self-igniting light)


  • Cabin: Separated from hulls by anti-vibration mountings designed to reduce noise and improve ride quality
  • Ventilation: Air handling system including air-conditioning and de-humidifier
  • Windows: Tinted with blown air demisting (electrically heated on bridge)
  • Screens: 6 x LED Flat panel displays
  • Multimedia: 1 x Navaho MediaCat
  • Wi-Fi: High capacity solution with multiple carrier 3G/4G back-up
  • Refreshments: Hot and cold drinks service
  • Toilet: Unisex facilities

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Red Jet 7 Ferry

Red Jet 7

Since 2018, Red Jet 7 has been whisking passengers across the Solent at a speed of 38 knots. Red Jet 7 has capacity for 277 passengers and four crew and features LED flat panel display screens and onboard Wi-Fi.


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Fleet FAQs

View frequently asked questions about our fleet. 

Please see our contact page for full details

We have baby changing facilities on all three of our vehicle ferries. For a full list of onboard facilities, go to our fleet page.

All of our vessels cater for disabled customers and have disabled access. All three of our vehicle ferry’s have lift access from the main deck to the passenger lounge which can be requested upon arrival. Customers are not permitted to stay in their vehicle for the duration of the crossing however under extreme circumstances a request can be made to the captain upon arrival. More accessibility information...

Dogs are carried free of charge, please see our pet policy 

E-scooters are prohibited on board all Red Funnel vessels and throughout all terminal areas, both indoor and outdoor. This includes all aspects of e-scooter usage on site and includes the charging, transportation and storage of e-scooters. Those traveling with non-electric (push) scooters via our ferries must dismount and push their scooter at all times. Our policy is in place for the safety of our customers and staff due to fire safety concerns associated with e-scooter batteries, as well as the incidence of both e-scooter and push scooter-related accidents resulting in personal injury. Our policy is consistent with other transport operators and reflects a policy undertaken by ABP (Associated British Ports), which prohibits the use of scooters in any part of their port operations and estates. We thank our customers for understanding that our on-board and terminal areas are unsuitable environments for scooter usage. The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority.

For Vehicle Ferries: 

Visit the Ticket Office at East Cowes or Terminal 1, Southampton or phone us on 023 8001 9192


For Red Jet Passengers: 

Visit the Ticket Office at West Cowes or Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton or call us on 023 8001 9192.

In accordance with the statutory ban on smoking in public areas, Red Funnel enforces a No Smoking policy inside all its terminal areas and inside its vessels. The no smoking policy includes all synthetic/e/electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

The only exception is the designated smoking area on 'A deck' (outside deck) of the Passenger Vehicle Ferries where smoking and vaping is permitted. Customers are requested to always use the cigarette bins provided and never throw cigarette butts into the sea.

Please be advised some sailings may be entirely non-smoking if we are carrying certain goods. You will be advised of this in the onboard safety announcement after you board. 

Customers can travel with electric bikes, however charging electric bikes is strictly prohibited onboard any of our vessels and throughout all our terminals. 

Please click here for Government guidance on the transport of items classified as dangerous by individuals in private vehicles and by foot passengers on board our vessels. If you have any queries, please get in touch with our dedicated Freight team by emailing [email protected] prior to travel.

No, you are not permitted to fly drones from our ferries without prior written permission, and completion of a full risk assessment. If you wish to apply for permission, please contact our Marketing department via email.

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