Why Choose a Rigid Inflatable Boat?
What is a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat?
A rigid-hulled inflatable boat, or RIB, is a boat with a solid, usually V-shaped hull surrounded by inflatable flexible tubes. It differs from an inflatable boat, which does not have a solid hull.
RIBs are superior to conventional yacht tenders
Rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIBs) are superior to conventional tenders in many ways:
- Boat weight
Safety & Stability
RIBs are much more stable than a conventional boat, due to the inflatable tubes surrounding the hull. The multi-chambered tubes also ensure that the boat remains afloat even with large quantities of water aboard.
Capacity vs. Weight & Size
When an RIB is uninflated, it takes up virtually half as much space as a conventional boat would. Also, because the tubes are made of durable, lightweight material, the tender is lighter.
A typical RIB has a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, with proper care and maintenance.