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The Fun of Owning a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)

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Dokos island – © Panos Lazanos

Rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) are very popular amongst families and individuals. They are versatile and can be used for various leisure activities such as fishing, speed boating, taking day trips or weekends and even wakeboarding or water skiing. The fun of owning a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)RIB is truly fantastic!

I had splendid times with my wife and kids in our family RIB for many years, powered by a Suzuki 140 hp. We took our Labrador along as well. The funny thing is that he wanted to jump overboard every time he saw a buoy, barking and swaying his tail.

Owning a RIB is fun and rewarding because they’re entertaining boats and you have a lot of satisfaction.

These boats are sometimes high-speed and can cope with challenging sea conditions which is why they are often used to rescue people from the water. Recreational RIBs come in a variety of sizes and are trailerable up to 3.5 tons (in my country, Belgium) or 7716 lb. Others weigh much more than that, are too wide and thus are no longer trailerable.

If you’re into buying a RIB, I have good news for you: out there is one especially for you. Find it! Pop your questions in our Facebook group. Get some idea of what used RIBs cost in RIBs ONLY Sales.

Let’s look at why owning a RIB is fun for the whole family.

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Highfield Ultralite 260 and 290 RIBs In-Depth Review

Because weight does matter, this single deck dinghy has been conceived keeping that motto in mind. Their light weight make them a real alternative for those who may have chosen a soft bottom tender in the past but would prefer a hard hull for its performance.

Ultralite tenders are roomy and strong, yet light and easy to transport. These little boats can be launched and recovered by a single man and are easy to be transported on a roof rack.

You will be impressed by their obvious quality level. The excellence of the finish only compares the detail of the ergonomics. The simple layout is combined with an uncluttered design and numerous standard accessories complete the picture.

The Ultralite’s are made of 2.5mm thick powder coated marine grade aluminium for the hull and 1100 Dtex fabric for the inflatable tube.

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Highfield Classic 310 and 340 RIBs

Extra level of comfort for this double deck hulled dinghy that will keep your feet dry.

The high quality finish and luxury look belies the fact that this range of tenders has been designed to work hard. A durable aluminium hull coupled with full length keel guards make these ideal for those beach-hopping days with friends and family.

The large weight savings achieved compared to equivalent GRP tenders means you’ll enjoy impressive performance with smaller engines, and with excellent payload capacities, the Classic range really does offer a tender for everyone.

The optional FCT console allows forward steering control for increased comfort and greater ease of navigation. The hulls of the Classics are built of 2.5mm thick powder coated marine grade aluminium. The tubes are made of 1100 dtex coated fabric.

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Highfield Classic 290 and 310 In-Depth Review

Extra level of comfort for this double deck hulled dinghy that will keep your feet dry. The high quality finish and luxury look belies the fact that this range of tenders has been designed to work hard.

A durable aluminium hull coupled with full length keel guards make these ideal for those beach-hopping days with friends and family.

The large weight savings achieved compared to equivalent GRP tenders means you’ll enjoy impressive performance with smaller engines, and with excellent payload capacities, the Classic range really does offer a tender for everyone.

The optional FCT console allows forward steering control for increased comfort and greater ease of navigation. The hulls of the Classics are built of 2.5mm thick powder coated marine grade aluminium. The tubes are made of 1100 dtex coated fabric.

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