Apex Presentation 2022

Honestly I knew them only mostly for small, regular RIBs en tenders. But boy, was I wrong when I came across this video…

Apex Boats has a plant in wonderful* Costa Rica. It’s located in La Guacima, with a space of 4,000 m2 with an indoor 2,000 m2 infrastructure and very high ceilings for ventilation.

Take a look inside their shipyard. The RIB with the red front tubes at 01:03 and the one with the blue top are quite impressive amongst all the smaller ones.

*This place is recognized by National Geographic, as the second best climate in the world (altitude and dry microclimate combination gives us a relatively low humidity), atmospheric pressure compresses the remaining moisture in the soil, for working at less than 75% moisture, which is essential for the bonding process.

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RNLI – Float to Live – Dave and Brian’s Story

Do you know which five-letter word could save your life? Float.

When fishermen Dave and Brian fell into the water by a wave that hit the boat from behind, this five-letter word helped save their lives.

And this is why you and all your passengers always should wear lifejackets to help you and them to keep afloat.

I want to express my absolute respect for the RNLI that went out that night to save both men and getting them home alive.

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Driving an Electric RS Pulse 63

At the recent South Coast Boat Show, Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae took a test drive of the RS Pulse 63, the first electric RIB he’s been aboard.

Should you be interested, I’ve posted earlier news about the RS Pulse 63 with a view on the battery storage.

The video in this post shows the actual drive and experiences.


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Highfield 800 Sport and Yamaha 300 V6

In this video Tom Montgomery-Swan of Powerboat and RIB takes a look over the Sport model from Highfield.

The 800 on display at the Palma Boat Show 2022 features a Yamaha 300 V6 and a lot of design elements.

Check out this quick boat tour to give you an idea of what the Sport range is all about. Looking for more Highfield videos? You can watch them right now wherever you are.

Proud to share that Highfield is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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The Worlds Fastest Hybrid RIB Clocks at 104.2 Knots – It’s a Bernico!

It’s been rumoured for some time but now it’s gone public.

The Worlds Fastest Hybrid RIB clocks at 104.2 Knots. It’s a Bernico International! CEO and owner is the Belgian Nico Bertels, a well-known boat builder and race pilot with a fantastic palmares.

He won many (!) titles and his son Buby is following in his footsteps.

He sells boats that are well-liked all around the world, and have won lots of awards. One of his biggest secrets is the shape of the hull, the most important part of any boat.

It took the company 4 years to build this head-turning full carbon Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Jon Olssen (S) is the lucky owner of this military looking unique RIB called “c’est normal”.

The actual ride is the next video so stay tuned.

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Overview Novamarine RH1000 Innovative RIB

This 9.95 meter Italian built Novamarine’s Rhesus 1000 is another model that shows the innovation of the brand.

What is immediately noticeable, apart from its length, is without a doubt how wide this almost 10 m long RIB is.

“It offers top-of-the-line performance and a wide space that can be customized to suit the buyer’s needs.”

It’s little brother is the RH800.

Novamarine mainly built for the B2B market (business to business), but also focuses on the pleasure craft market.

The larger models up to the 22 m flag ship no longer have tubes and are therefore not RIBs.

You’ll find lots of very good photos via this link (it’s a PDF).

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The Amazing Cox Powertrain CXO300 Performance

According to Berthon this Cox Powertrain CXO300 has many advantages.

It offers an impressive 60% more torque, 3 times longer life span and 25% better fuel economy, than an equivalent petrol 4 stroke outboard.

This particular diesel outboard engine is sustainable, innovative, and eco-friendly. The design is aimed at maximizing speed.

Proud to share that GEMINI is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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GEMINI WR880 – Jersey Lifeboat Association by Berthon RIBs

First sea trial for the custom-built rescue RIB by Berthon for the Jersey Lifeboat Association, Juli 2021. Achieving a speed of 50+ knots.

On the water, these stepped-volume monohull RIBs are unsurpassed for soft ride, dryness, safe predictable handling and the feeling of invincibility.

Check out more Gemini videos here on

Proud to share that GEMINI is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

Spec of the ‘regular” GEMINI WR880

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