Cape Rose

First new RIB built for Marine Rescue Western Australia

In 2020 Dongara Marine was announced as one of only four boatbuilders selected by Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to be on a panel of contractors for the supply of new ‘fit for purpose’ rescue vessels and vessel refit services.

Our first order, confirmed in May 2020, was for a new 8.3 metre rescue craft for Marine Rescue Shark Bay. Cape Rose was completed later in the same year and is now based in Denham, Western Australia.

Designed by the naval architects at our long-standing partner Southerly Designs, the aluminium hulled rigid inflatable boat (RIB) has foam filled collars. It features an enclosed cabin with seating for three crew. The cabin is open at the rear, enabling direct access to the work deck which is sheltered by a fixed canopy.

Bayside Marine supplied the boat’s twin 200hp Yamaha outboards, while another long term Dongara Marine supplier, Geraldton Marine Electronics, provided a comprehensive suite of navigation and communications electronics. This includes radar, chart plotter, sounder, a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) thermal camera, and underwater cameras.

The Shark Bay volunteers are one of 37 Marine Rescue WA groups situated along Western Australia’s coastline from Esperance in the south to Kununurra in the north. They have been formally approved under Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Service’s (DFES) Act. A further two Marine Rescue groups – at Christmas and Cocos (Keeling ) Islands – are Commonwealth-funded.

For more information on Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA) visit or its Facebook page.

You can read more about this project in our News section here.

“The group took delivery of our new vessel Cape Rose in January this year. I would like to commend the Rescue 3 replacement committee for the work they put in to achieve an excellent result. It is an outstanding vessel, and it will serve the group well for the next 15 years.”

Drew Wassman - Commander, Marine Rescue Shark Bay


Principal Particulars
Propulsion & Performance
Other Details
Project type
Marine Rescue Shark Bay / Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Vessel Type
Search and rescue
Hull type
Monohull (RIB)
Southerly Designs
Construction materials
Aluminium hull and superstructure
Survey / Class
Length overall
8.3 metres
2.95 metres
0.53 metres
Seating for 3 personnel
400 litres
Fresh water
Main engines
2 x Yamaha F200 outboards
Main engine rating
2 x 149kW
2 x outboards
Maximum speed
40+ knots
Service speed
25.0 knots
Foam filled D collar