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What is a rigid inflatable boat?


Characteristics of a rigid inflatable boat (RIB)



Rigid inflatables are boats constructed with a rigid hull combined with inflatable buoyancy tubes. These types of boats are multipurpose and serve a variety of uses: whether out on the sea or on inland lakes and waterways, anything and everything is possible!



Initially, the first prototype rigid inflatables boats were intended for the army, and were capable of carrying a large military load. Then the general public quickly discovered the joys of rigid inflatables for their leisure activities.



Rigid inflatables are very stable and can carry large numbers of people due to their excellent weight-to-immersed-surface-area ratio. A five or six-metre boat equipped with a 90 HP motor is already enough to provide plenty of thrills and excitement. A rigid inflatable boat's tubes may be made of PVC or Hypalon. These two construction materials are very different. PVC tubes tend to be cheaper, but hypalon is better equipped to withstand everything your motorboat has to contend with, such as UV rays, temperature, friction, etc.



Buying a rigid inflatable boat means opting for a boat that's perfect for trips out on the water with family or friends but won't stretch your budget. This type of motorboat is perfect for a first-time owner who wants to learn about boating before moving on to houseboats.


Uses of a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)


A RIB can be used as a boat tender, especially for large pleasure craft. Tenders need to be easily manoeuvrable so they can return to dry land when anchored in a creek, for example. RIBs can also be used as boats for water sports. Inflatable sports boats are a great way to get away from it all and try out new boating activities with friends. Give one a try!



Rigid inflatable boats are often found in fishing fleets. This type of motorboat has many advantages for sports fishing enthusiasts:


  • Easy to transport;
  • Easy to launch;
  • Good cruising speed;
  • On-board capacity optimised for multi-person fishing;
  • Versatile for fishing and boating.





Last but not least, this kind of motorboat is also used for short coastal cruises and coastal shipping. What could be better than sailing from cove to cove and enjoying the magnificent landscapes we have been blessed with by nature? Board a rigid inflatable and enjoy being lulled by the gentle lapping of the waves.

RIBs in the world of boating


Zodiac is the benchmark brand in the world of rigid inflatables. The ZODIAC 550 Pro Open is a multipurpose, high-performance rigid inflatable that is extremely versatile. Another brand worth mentioning is Capelli, which has been specialising in rigid inflatables since 1993 and produces boats at a rate of more than 1,000 per year. The Capelli 900 Tempest WA is one of the most popular models from the boat maker.


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