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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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Skipper-BSK 34NC RIB Offers Summer Time Happiness

This is how you can spend a day on board on Skipper-BSK 34NC RIB in Argosaronikos, Greece. Skipper-BSK 34NC is a high performance boat with top speed more than 90 m/h but on her deck you can spend a day full of comfort and happiness.

Directed, filmed and edited by Eleni Spathi. Drone by Yiorgos Vagenas Models Georgia Xirou and Kostas Politis. Music: Hislerim (ft. Zerrin), by Serhat Durmus.

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What the Hull! – Alexandros Stavroulakis

Writing the article ‘How to buy a RIB‘, I mentioned that the hull is the most important part of the RIB. It defines the RIB.

So what makes a good hull?

I found it of interest to you to hear the experts on this matter. So I contacted a top RIB hull designer to tell us more on this subject.

The first architect I contacted was Alexandros Stavroulakis. Alex is a Greek Naval Architect, R&D Director and co-owner of Skipper-BSK, a Greek RIB shipyard.

BSK Marine is a company that has years experience in vessel constructing and her rapid progress creates a remarkable history and makes Skipper boats synonymous to quality and seaworthiness.

Designing a Skipper Boat is a new challenge every time. Having studied naval architecture and industrial design and also being working in the boat industry from an early age, he knows each detail and every step of the boat construction from the inside to the outside and has the ability to make a supreme design from inside out.

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