A major RIB refit and repower for Geraldton’s marine rescue organisation

As avid boat owners and operators ourselves, we recognise the important contribution volunteer marine rescue groups make to boating safety, and are pleased to be able to contribute to them being able to provide their important services.

One of the numerous projects we have completed was an extensive refit of the 10.5 metre rescue vessel Nashira. A former police patrol boat, the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) is now operated by the Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group (VMRG).

Work we undertook on the boat included:

  • Installation of a new collars and bladders onto the rigid hull;
  • Repowering with new twin 350hp Suzuki outboards;
  • Painting of the wheelhouse; and
  • Installation of a new electronics package and new helm seats.

The Geraldton volunteers are one of 39 Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) groups situated along Western Australia’s coastline from Esperance in the south to Kununurra in the north, including Christmas and Cocos (Keeling ) Islands.

They have been formally approved under Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Service’s (DFES) Act.

The accompanying video from Geraldton VMRG describes its activities and the opportunities for volunteers, while the article from FESA 24seven Magazine (Issue 3, 2011) available for download under the video describes a rescue in which Nashira played a critical role.

For more information on Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA) visit

Photos by: Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group photo

“We are proud to help ensure Nashira is out on the water with her crew, ready to save lives along the Coral Coast.”

Rohan Warr - Dongara Marine


Principal Particulars
Propulsion & Performance
Other Details
Project type
Vessel Refit / Repair
Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group
Vessel Type
Search and rescue
Hull type
Monohull (RIB)
Naiad Design
Construction materials
Aluminium hull and superstructure
Survey / Class
Non Survey
Length overall
10.5 metres
3.5 metres
0.55 metres
800 litres
Fresh water
200 litres
Main engines
2 x Suzuki outboards
Main engine rating
2 x 225kW
2 x outboards
Maximum speed
44.0 knots
Service speed
26.0 knots
Vessel builder
Kirby Marine