Our Boats - Redbay Stormforce

Ashlin was built in Northern Ireland by a company called Redbay in Cushendall.The company are specialists in Cabin Ribs. Ashlin is their 50th 11 meter Storm force rib. Tom, who owns the company designed the stormforce boats to handle the harsh weather up on the North East coast of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The design of the Storm force has what they call a hard nose, which means the tubes do not run all around the front of the boat therefore it can not de-tube. The hard-nose was designed for safety as it cuts through the water plus is easier for tying up, giving the front of the boat a similar look to a non-rib looking boat as you can see from the picture above.

Here in the Channel Islands, Ashlin is more than happy with our waters. Many of the Storm Force boats are used for ferrying passengers from Northern Ireland to Scotland and inter islands in Scotland.

Ashlin -The Salty Blonde has 2 inboard 275hp Yamaha diesel driven engines with stern drives. She cruises at 25kts at 3,000 revs, which means Alderney to Guernsey in around 55 minutes. We are able to carry 8 passengers and 2 crew. Seating is divided between 2 gas suspension seats just behind the crew seats and two bench seats that can carry up to 3 passengers each. The boat also has a flush toilet.

Safety equipment is also carried on the boat such as life jackets, and survival suits for all passengers plus crew and a 10 man life raft.


It is with great sadness and disappointment that we report that Ashlin, The Salty Blonde has further mechanical issues and is out of the water for repairs. After our commitment to not let anyone down during the highly successful Alderney Week – working with many charter boats which pulled out all of the stops to assist us – and our determination to continue until the end of the season, this comes as a considerable blow to us and our valued passengers. We do not yet have a diagnosis of what has caused the failure, nor a prognosis of how long repairs will take. We think it is only right not to resume services until we have a boat that we are confident will operate reliably as an inter-island ferry. We most certainly never anticipated this catalogue of issues with Ashlin and can only apologise again for the inconvenience caused to our customers. We are currently in the process of contacting all of our customers and supplying a full refund. Thankfully, we made the correct choice to invest in the Causeway Explorer and Alderney Ferry Services earlier this year. We have been in discussions with them about our customers and they will be putting on extra rotations where possible to accommodate all of our passengers. Visit to book.

Please leave your name and email address so that we can inform you when the service resumes.