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This blog is devoted to the Rigid Inflatable Boat.

My Passion for the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)

I’ve always been fascinated by the Rigid Inflatable Boat. Their form, style, lay-out, toughness, seaworthiness, safety and sportive way of navigating are the unquestionable advantages you’ll rarely find combined in another type of boat.

What’s a RIB

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Ribco Seafarer 36X Twin Mercury 5.7 l V10 400 hp

The T-Top of the Ribco Seafarer 36X which is made entirely of carbon. This is by the way the very first pan-European sea trial of the new Mercury V10 400 hp Verado done by our Greek friends at e-Ribbing.

There into the bigger RIBs market with lengths staring from 10 meters as you can see in these videos here on RIBs ONLY.

Ribco uses the renowned Scorpion hulls who have a proven record. A very good choice.

Thank you for the engine sound at 01:26.

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Ribeye Boats A683 Chilly Winter Drive

The Ribeye winter boat show 2023 will take place from January 30 to February 4. And they offer a good formula.

“The whole family is welcome; for those who want to venture out to sea can experience a fully immersive sea trial with our expert team and for those who want to stay back at base, let the team at Ribeye spoil you with some hospitality by the fire pit.”

Specs of this RIB are in the beginning of the video and if you want to see more of this model, click here.

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Ultimate Boats’ Impressive Deep V Hull Design

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Ultimate Boats deep-V hull design

The unique Ultimate Boats’ hull design by John Moxham promises the complete solution in demanding conditions.

Those who typically venture out in stormy waters should opt for a Rigid Inflatable Boat with a deep-V hull design as it is essential for them to being able to do their job properly and safely.

Deep V hulls offer smooth sailing in rough seas, as they can easily cut through waves and offer a stable ride.


Rigid Inflatable Boats with a deep V-shaped hull create less friction, meaning it can move through water faster and smoother.

The amount of deep V is measured in degrees as you can see in the photo below. The yellow line is the maximum to measure.

How to Buy a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
In practice, the deadrise angle defines the size of the dihedral angle of a hull,
which is the angle that is formed between the two sides of the hull.
© e-ribbing.com

Proud to share that Ultimate Boats is a Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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Cool Colour Schemes for Cobra Nautique 8.2m RIB

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Different schemes

Different colours are offered now by a lot of RIB brands. This one depicts the possibilities of the Cobra Nautique 8.2 m Rigid Inflatable Boat, a well-known British brand.

In 1988 the brand started as a family-owned and operated business and has been independent ever since.

When it comes to variations, Penel en Flipo are the Orca makers and suppliers, located in Belgium, Europe. I wrote an article about their product here.

Penel & Flipo Orca Retail colours @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
Penel & Flipo Orca® Retail colours

Very proud to share that Orca® Retail is a Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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GALA Boats Great Walkaround at TIBS 2023

Canada designs the Gala boats and started in 2015. They use aluminum to make the hull.

After searching a lot (the website only mentions “‘manufactured in Europe”) I finally found this decisive information: “The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine (…) is home to 3 well-known brands in the European RIB sector: Grand, Brig and Gala. The Grand shipyard also has a factory in Odessa, on the shores of the Black Sea.” (source)

This walkaournd video was shot during the Toronto International Boat Show.

The largest Rigid Inflatable Boat (today) is 7.8 meter (P8 model) but they have mostly smaller RIBs as you can see in these well-selected videos.

GALA Boats Toronto International Boat Show 2023 @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
Solid built stabilisers
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Famous RIB Boat Show @ BMC 4 – 12 maart 2023

Famous RIB Boat Show @ BMC 4 - 12 maart 2023
@ Brugge Marine Center

Experience the world of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) at Brugge Marine Center’s RIB boat show from 4 to 12 March. Led by Kris Deraedt, explore their state-of-the-art selection of RIBs and discover why this type of boat has been growing in popularity.


As every year, they have an extensive range of stock models available in our showroom, where you can choose both recent used RIBs and beautiful demo models.

The Boat Show’s collection

This winter’s selection of offers is extensive and varied, featuring a great range of second-hand RIBs from popular brands like Technohull, additional new stock models from Salpa and more famous brands like Highfield amongst others.

You can choose between no less than 4 different engines as well: Yamaha, Mercury, Suzuki and Honda.

Their team is as always ready for you at any time.

RIBs ONLY will be at this boat show.

Proud to share that Brugge Marine Center (BMC) is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

RIB Boat show @ BMC 4 - 12 maart 2023
@ Brugge Marine Center

About BMC

On May 1st 1987 the Deraedt family, were able to take over the Brugge Marine Centre. The years that followed were not only dedicated to reorganisation but also to the development of a robust marketing plan and the search for new market segments.

For several years now, Brugge Marine Centre is also one of the most flexible, fastest growing companies of its kind.

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Capelli Stradivari 43 Twin Yamaha 425 hp

This Maxi Rib Capelli Stradivari 43 offers luxurious trips on the water by the looks in this video. Its topspeed in this video was around 45 knots with 1 person aboard. So it’s clear you don’t buy this RIB to go fast.

This € 600K+ RIB accommodates up to 4 people, has a toilet and shower on board, making it possible for weekend getaways.

Here are some videos of the smaller sister.

Proud to share that Brugge Marine Center (BMC) is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.


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Aboard a Zeppelin 22 VPRO

The Zeppelin 22 VPRO, built in France, has a deep V hull (but I couldn’t find how much degrees). It comes in two versions: COMMAND (pointed nose) and COMMANDER (blunt nose)

It is a popular choice amongst professionals such as those involved with rescue, military and marine operations who want to guarantee safety while navigating.

More well-selected Zeppelin videos here.


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Highfield Patrol 860 RIB 2 x 300 hp Optimus 360

This Highfield is a black Patrol 860 with its twin 300 hp Suzuki DF300B‘s.

Equipped with the Optimus 360 joystick by Seastar piloting system and the Seastation system, this RIB is also comfortable in port with its joystick control allowing it to move even laterally.

The Seastation system allows your RIB to stay in a stationary position, either on a GPS point only, or on a GPS point and a course.

Proud to share that Highfield is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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Optimus 360
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The Day Highfield Saved Mike Horn

MIke Horn is a well-known adventurer with an amazing palmares. Together with his fellow explorer Fred Roux they were scaling an iceberg in the Arctic circle on august 3 in 2020. This endeavour nearly ended in tragedy … fast forward to 04:16 and be a witness.

The rescuers used a Honda powered Highfield to save these men. …

I’ve published another video of him here.

Proud to share that Highfield is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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