Rafnar RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are high-quality boats, developed in Iceland that have gained a reputation for their superior behaviour in rough seas.
These RIBs are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and rough seas, making them ideal for professional and tactical use.
Karatea based Rafnar Hellas has built a leisure version, seen in this video as the white model. Want to know more about that model, just click here.
One of the key features of Rafnar RIBs is their innovative hull design (Ök hull), which incorporates a unique wave-canceling system that minimizes shock and vibration.
This results in a smoother ride, improved stability, and greater fuel efficiency, so they claim.
Another notable aspect of Rafnar Rigid Inflatable Boats is their versatility. They are suitable for a wide range of activities, including fishing, diving, rescue operations, and military applications.
The boats can be customized to meet specific requirements and can be equipped with a variety of features, such as high-tech navigation systems, powerful engines, and advanced safety equipment. As is the case with other professional RIB brands.
They come at a premium price but their superior performance make them well worth the investment for those who demand the best.
“A group of entrepreneurs from Bergamo takes over the historic brand.
The Italian based Solemar brand, a pioneer in the yachting industry with its cabin inflatables boats, has always been one of the main worldwide market leaders in this segment, and the brand is back to make all its enthusiastic dream.
A long-awaited comeback, with major investments behind it, including moulds, projects and a professional team united by their passion for the nautical sector and mostly for the brand itself.
Solemar will reposition itself in a specific market niche, where quality, attention to detail and attention to the owner needs will make the product simply one of a kind.
Two ranges are currently in production: SX is the daily line, with a well-designed layout with optimized spaces for maximum comfort aboard, models that perfectly meet the customer’s needs.
SE line, stands for Solemar Elegance line: boats with cabins ideal for short and medium range cruising, characterised by sophistication and great comfort, to be lived with family and friends.
Comfort, quality and elegance. Solemar’s models are characterised by a well-studied layout with optimised spaces and an efficient performing hull: the perfect combination of elements for those expert owners that want to enjoy the sea with their family in safety and comfort.
The first appointment will be next September 2023: the brand will launch 3 models of the SX line: SX27, SX30 and the Solemar SX34 (see rendering above). They’re between 8.5 m and 11 m.
It will also reveal the upcoming 2024 projects, including a 10 m with 4 berths – that was from the very beginning – the bestseller of the brand.”
On 9 February 2023, members of the Club del Gommone held a winter RIB run on the beautiful Lake Como in Italy to open the season.
This 52nd edition of the Invernale started this year from Vercurago at the Cantiere Bolis on Lake Garlate.
After leaving the boatyard, the group sailed north to exit Lake Garlate and, after a short stretch of the River Adda, entered Lake Como just in front of the city of Lecco.
From there, they went up the lake for about fifteen miles, passing Abbadia Lariana, Mandello, and heading for Punta Spartivento di Bellagio, recognizable by the cliff that separates the lake into two branches.
Near the cliff, as is tradition, they toasted with an auspicious aperitif to start the season.
After the aperitif in the water, they returned to Vercurago (around 14:00-14:30) for an additional aperitif, which by then will have become a snack, at the Bar Restaurant ‘Il Molo’ opposite the boatyard for the 2022 edition.
There was no participation fee.
As a good organiser some agreements were made:
On Lake Garlate, you may not exceed a speed of 10 knots.
Under the bridges along the stretch of river connecting the two lakes, you must not exceed 5 knots
The Club del Gommone is an association of pneumatic boat owners founded in Milan in 1970 with the aim of gathering all nautical pleasure enthusiasts and promoting nautical tourism. The Club organizes gatherings, raids, and competitions, and is non-profit and apolitical. The Club is known for its organization and educational initiatives, making it one of the most respected nautical clubs.
Where they are Currently due to renovations, the temporary headquarters are at the Centro Pavesi Via Francesco De Lemene 3 Milan. We meet two Wednesdays a month from 21:30 to 24:00