FROM CHASE BOATS, SKI OR UTILITY BOATS TO CREW TENDERS AND SOLAS TENDERS, THE DESIGN AND VERSATILITY OF THE MODERN RIGID INFLATABLE HAS GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
Article by ONBOARD Magazine
Founded in Dartmouth in the 90’s, the family run business is now controlled by its second generation who are developing and evolving the brand, but are keeping the companies core values that have driven the success of Ribeye within the superyacht tender market. Ribeye have an impressive list of superyacht clients with its project management team able to assist in custom lifting points and solutions for any lifting arrangement whether you are looking to store the tender in a garage, on the deck or through a towing system. Their experience in tailoring each RIB solution to the mothership allows for seamless
integration by offering CAD drawings and renderings throughout the process to ensure the design, performance and fit are perfect. Ribeye specialise in providing high performance tenders that are dry, smooth and stable whilst finished to an extremely high level. Their diesel inboard and petrol outboard tender range is from 5-10m with a SOLAS and Beachlander range from 6-8m. Deck layouts have a large degree of customisation, but broadly fit into three categories: rugged explorer yacht specification, utility-based crew tenders and luxurious guest tenders.
For more details Tel: +44 1803 832060
or visit www.ribeye.co.uk
RIB–X SOLAS RANGE
British RIB designers and manufacturers, Rib-X, have been actively involved in research, development and design of rigid inflatable boats since 2003. Lead by Colin Baldwin, a former Research and Design Engineer at Jaguar Cars has an eye for the finer detail. He has embedded and embodied the values of innovative design and exceptional quality at Rib-X. Clients are actively encouraged to participate in the design process. Owners are able to visit our fully equipped manufacturing facility, where they can view at first hand the construction of their commissioned RIB. The Rib-X SOLAS range is probably the
world’s largest. Their leading edge designs are developed by the same in -house design team responsible for their extensive bespoke superyacht portfolio. Innovation, safety and quality is integral in all SOLAS designs, available as RIBS and tubing designs, means that safety can still be styled.
For more details Tel: +(0)116 247 7017
or visit www.rib-x.co.uk
Each Xtender is designed and built to meet the unique needs and preference of our clients, closely matching their yachts. Xtenders stands for excellence in manufacturing and worldwide support. Starting each project with a blank sheet of paper, they offer fully custom tenders ranging from 6m up to 16m. They build light and durable tenders, made exclusively from carbon fibre. Xtenders accomplishes this lightweight philosophy by constructing their complete tenders in pre-preg carbon fibre which is cured in an autoclave. A production technology known from formula 1 and the aerospace industry, which provides the
optimal structural performance while keeping the weight to a minimum. Assembly and completion of each tender is done in house in Almere, The Netherlands. Assembly, drive train installation, electrical and hydraulic installation, painting, and testing are performed here by the best Dutch craftsmen under the supervision of design and engineering teams to ensure perfection.
For more details Tel: +31(0)62 11 977 21
or visit www.xtenders.com
RAFNAR LEIFTUR 1100
The ultimate in modern ‘new technology’ yacht tenders, RAFNAR’s ‘Leiftur 1100 offer the long sought-after stability, speed, safety, and sea-keeping required within the demands of global cruising and exploration, providing remarkable comfort-at¬sea for owners and guests, and a solid working platform for crew operating under duress in often challenging situations. The unique and patented ÖK Hull from Iceland provides a displacement-type motion and passage through the water at high speed above 40 knts in moderate to large seas with very little bounce-and-slam, and with very little fatigue experienced
by guests and crew after long hours at sea from the mothership during exploration trips. The Leiftur 1100 series has been lauded by owners, brokers and basically anyone that’s been luckily enough to experience a test drive. Rafnar and its hull technology will remain a benchmark for radical changes for some time to come in the RIBs market, and Rafnar will continue to develop further models built on this very successful vessel.
For more details Tel: +34 659 011 071
or visit www.rafnar.is
Extender are the first folding tenders with a rigid keel made of rubber and fibreglass designed to occupy less space on board and to offer more space (within the tender) once unloaded to water. They fold up easily in less than 2 minutes thanks to the patented closing system and are totally customisable lengths. They are engineered for a complete range of uses, from the biggest model EXT 645 (4,05 folded), EXT 610 (3.90m once folded), EXT 560 and EXT 520 (3.30 folded) and the family EXT 430/460/490 (2,70 m – 3.30m folded) also available in version S with a min. height of 0.85m at aft and 0.95m at bow thanks to an
innovative engine rotation system. The Extender family also offers a hydro-jet engine model, the EXT 640 Idro (4.30m folded). Finally, the special shape of the vertical prow gives the tender a longer water line (about 95% of the overall length), enabling it to glide easily on the water even with a low power engine. This increases the comfort and safety during navigation.
For more details Tel:+39 0375968490
or visit www.tender-extender.com
X-CRAFT R7XX BEACHLANDER
The X-Craft R7xx Beachlander range offers the most multipurpose yacht tender solution between 7m and 8m. The tender can be employed to serve as many purposes for a superyacht tender. The open deck layout provides a spacious interior, enabling the tender to act as a comfortable people carrier, offering seating for up to 12 passengers + 1 crew during ship to shore transfers. Boarding and disembarking is safe and easy with the sturdy boarding stairs and railing on starboard as well as with the in-house developed fold out bow steps for beach landings. The tender’s drivetrain delivers ample power for water
sports with either the ski tow eye or the removable carbon fibre wakeboard pole. Other bespoke amenities include a fresh water tank with shower system, a tailor-made rain/spray dodger for the forward section, a custom made removable bimini top, sturdy boarding poles at all access points including the swim ladder, fender storage inside the leaning bolster, valuables storage under the steering console with charging points for smart phones and a refrigerator incorporated in the starboard boarding stairs.
For more details Tel: +31 229 218 423
or visit www.xcraft.nl
OSPREY VIPERMAX LEISURE 8.0
The Bruuge Marine Center are pleased to present a brand new leisure line in the Osprey range. Osprey is already well known for it’s ‘No nonsense, heavy duty’ Ribs for the hard user with a basic deck layout which is really popular for the sportive people, divers, fishers and rescue customers. But now Osprey has designed a new line-up with a family friendly and luxury deck. These new models of 6.8, 7.3 or 8.00m are based on the popular Vipermax-hull, but they have a practical and spacious deck, a streamlined console with tinted screen (Seasport), a sundeck with integrated storage at the bow, an engine well with a
comfortable bench and huge storage space. It comes with 2 jockey seats as a standard, but other seating arrangements are possible as an option. In other words despite this new design of a familiar deck, it’s still possible to make a custom built RIB with the colours and seats of your choice to match teh mother ship. Build your own Osprey tenderwith confidence.
For more details Tel: +32 (0)50/31.35.87
or visit www.bruggemarinecenter.com
TECNORIB PIRELLI J45
The tender range PIRELLI branded has been designed, conceived and manufactured by Tecnorib for the use on yachts of various sizes. Starting in 2017, the relationship between Tecnorib and Pirelli, managed within the Pirelli Design project, whose goal, in line with the focus of Pirelli Group on the prestige and premium car segments, is to increase the equity of the PIRELLI brand by developing specific design projects to offer unique, iconic and one-of-a-kind products. Today, Tecnorib has the mission to offer demanding expert owners and crew a rigid inflatable tender in the range between 3 to 19 metres, built entirely in Italy and
featuring high performance, maximum quality detailed fine design. Equipped with jet or stern drive engines, the TecnoRib PIRELLI J tenders have a reduced height to perfectly fit the yachts’ garages, combining handiness and ease of use with the pleasure of a high-performance. Attention is paid to the smallest detail, from boarding ergonomics to finest components for a total comfort under the sun or through the sea breeze. The exclusive design allows full customization, to match the feeling of the master boat.
For more details Tel: +39 02 72080357
or visit www.tecnorib.it
SACS – REBEL 47 OPEN
SACS dedicated the Rebel 47 to those who live the sea as a state of mind. To those who know how to make it theirs, can challenge it, take it to its limits. Well if you go for the three 350hp Mercury Verado package, you’ll see what they mean. It has a relatively clean appearance, yet delicately shows off its image of being a bit of a rebel. Its innovative technology, which derives from an in-depth study of technologies applied in the fields of the military and rescue services, evolves and powers all the qualities of this world class RIB. And just because it’s a bit of an animal doesn’t mean that it can ‘t satisfy the more delicate owners with its
luxury seating arrangements, below deck amenities and all-round sexy appearance. If you’re looking for a head turner as you approach the quayside, consider the Rebel.
For more details Tel: +39 0396 88 54 89