The Ellen MacArthur Trust recently took the decision to re-engine its existing Ribcraft support RIB with a new lightweight and fuel-efficient Suzuki DF80.

Kevin Mole Outboards, who are based on the River Medina in West Cowes, arranged a fantastic deal for the Island based charity and, once the outboard had been rigged, husband and wife team Kevin and Mandy Mole were pleased to be able to hand over the keys to Ellen MacArthur herself.

Ellen said, "I know Kevin and Mandy have provided the Trust with a fantastic service in the past and a great deal on this particular outboard. This RIB is an integral part of the work that we do so I would like to thank them for all their help."

The Ellen MacArthur Trust is a national charity, which takes young people aged between 8-18 sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness. They use the 4.8m Ribcraft as a support RIB for transferring people, equipment and provisions out to their sailing yacht.

In addition to the new DF80, Suzuki also donated one of their small and portable 4hp outboard motors, worth over 800, for the Trust to use as an auxiliary engine.

Spokesman for the Ellen MacArthur Trust, Frank Fletcher said, "We did a lot of research into the range of four stroke outboard motors available on the market today and it soon became clear that Suzuki was the brand to go for. We are really pleased with the new outboard and very grateful for the service and advice provided by Kevin and his team as well as the 4hp that was donated by Suzuki."

The Suzuki DF80 is lightweight, compact and economical. It offers top-level fuel-efficiency as a result of Suzuki's Lean Burn Fuel Control technology, without sacrificing on performance. Suzuki's precision engineering also means that the DF80 also provides quiet, smooth operation and low emissions.