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Why a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) is Quite Expensive

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“Owning a RIB is investing in quality time I so long for.”- Karel Overlaet

Rigid inflatable boats have become, over the last couple of years, the preferred choice not only for marine professionals but also for those that take boating as a leisure activity. There are a plethora of reasons for this; the boat comes with a myriad of benefits.

For many years now I own a single outboard RIB. As a journalist I sailed many motor boats and RIBs. I aways had the most fun in RIBs. The feeling of “flying” over the waves is really extraordinary! It’s a kick I can’t get enough of.

That being said, one cannot help but inquire why these Rigid Inflatable boats, ostensibly referred to by their abbreviation “RIBs”, as expensive. They cost more than the “ordinary” boat, but why exactly is that. The answer to this question can be found in the nuances of the RIBs, from the construction to their operations.

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How to Make a RIB Rafnar 1100 SAR Console – Timelapse

Follow the birth of a Rafnar Pro 1100 console from start to finish.

Not just any Rafnar 1100 Professional but one already taking on Iceland’s weather in our vast and unforgiving ocean, crewed by some of our countries toughest people.

A SAR boats console is its mission control, the heart and centre of any operation. Quality, toughness, and ease of use. That is what matters when every second counts.

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Rough Icelandic Sea in The Comforts of a Rafnar 1100 Professional RIB

A day out last winter, RVK forecast was: -7° Celsius and snowing, sunrise at 11:00, sunset at 15:30.

There is nothing quite like the Icelandic winter. Often reminiscent of the Icelandic summer, the choice to live and work here is rarely taken because of our sunny beaches.

Life here has adapted to strong winds, unpredictable weather and the occasional summer snow.

Just like the other inhabitants of this island, Rafnar adapted and made the best out of it.

Necessity is the mother of invention, so through more than a decade of R&D, Rafnar has created a boat that is built for the worst conditions and because of that, is ideal for all conditions.

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Rafnar 1200 T-Top Leisure RIB Version by Rafnar Hellas

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Wow … congratulations Rafnar Hellas for this great looking Rafnar version. Embracing all inherent features of the established Rafnar search-and-rescue, coast-guard, and naval capabilities, the Rafnar Leisure is the ideal RIB for the leisure and recreation market.

Even though these vessels were designed for the world’s most demanding conditions, they are at the same time perfect for leisure cruising in more hospitable waters.

The ÖK Hull with its drastic reduction in slamming, bouncing, and its essential shock-mitigating qualities, provides the perfect platform for all of the additional comfort and luxury features required for a multi-purpose yacht tender, day cruiser, or stand-alone explorer.

Check out these stunning images below …

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Research At Rafnar – Noise Level

Crew fatigue comes in many forms; with the ÖK Hull, we can eliminate a lot of it en route.

However, our mission for unrivalled seaworthiness means that every little bit counts. That is why we make sure to minimise cabin noise levels in all conditions.

Follow one of our Engineers on a noise level check, in some beautiful February weather.

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How Rafnar Does Research

At the core of Rafnar is the ÖK Hull. Constant and persistent R&D for over a decade has yielded a hull that has proven what is possible in terms of sea-keeping.

Our pursuit of the perfect hull on tis RIB never stops and incremental improvements are added frequently.

Our newest iteration, the ÖK Hull-2021 includes lists that reduce spray and offer even more stability.

Follow Daniel, one of our engineers on a data-gathering ride. Working at Rafnar means putting in a lot of hours but getting to spend them on a Rafnar at sea, is nothing less than extraordinary.

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