SuperRIB Open 27 Rather Innovative?
The video is again a job well done!
But I’m going to be honest. Whenever I read such a statement, in this case the “RIB of the future?”, I am more sceptical than usual.
Maybe you feel that way too because what is the future and how do you predict it?
Perhaps it’s a somewhat unfortunate choice of words and probably one to name as a differentiator from the competition for this SuperRIB Open 27.
I prefer to stick to “innovative” like, for instance, the new Mercury 600 V12.
I recently had the opportunity to experience this technology on a twin installation on a massive Technohull Omega 47. It’s really something else. More on that in a forthcoming article.
Innovation can take place in several areas and these are not necessarily immediately apparent from the product.
I am referring, for example, to innovative processes during the building process of a RIB. Or the material used such as, DANU™, a 100% recyclable replacement for glass fibre.
By the way, DANU is already being used by Ultimate Boats which I witnessed last month in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s something to look forward to in my opinion.
Of course the SuperRIB Open 27 looks good and it seems to behave well (on a flat sea in the video). The video is informative and gives you a good first impression.
And as far I can see, a job well done by the Croatian based SuperRIB shipyard.
But often it comes down to the same thing: comfort on board with the necessary “facilities” is the only thing that seems to count.
Too often that is the main selling point from the dealer especially for potential customers new to the boating world. Stating that the customer is not interested in more technical stuff is underestimating him.
I cannot stress enough that the hull is the most important part of any RIB, any boat and has to meet your expectations as good as possible. See here how the Gemini WR880 hull is being build.
In the responses of my anonymous survey on how long a RIB lasts (take it as well if you want),
I’ve sadly had to read disappointments about the RIB bought like “It was not what I expected it to be” and “I wouldn’t recommend it” and “No, I will not buy it again”
The reasons for this expensive bummer can be many things of course. But somewhere on the line information was not clearly specified enough by the customer or the dealer.
Every naval architect will tell you that every hull has its own purpose. Therefore in advance define your purpose very clear.
And so is the hull of this SuperRIB Open 27.
Need some guidance on this matter, this article will certainly help you: How to Buy a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) in 10 Thoughts.
Don’t get me wrong because the level of comfort might or will also be one of the deciding parameters for purchase.
The search for comfort on board is not a bad thing at all but you might have a different need on that than me, you see.
So, I woud really like to see the future of RIBs but until I have tied up a trustworthy future forecaster, I remain sceptical.
This video was published on the The Boat Show Youtube channel.