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:

  • Stability
  • Safety
  • Capacity
  • 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.