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This category is separated into sub-categories based on overall boat length. Use the drop down menu under RIBs & RHIBs to select boat size.

RIB Characteristics

Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats are known as RHIBs in the United States. This is the correct acronym but in Europe and worldwide these craft are known as RIBs.

The main characteristic of a RIB is the combination of a multi-compartment inflatable buoyancy tube attached to an FRP, GRP, carbon composite or aluminium hull.

Professional RIBs

RIBs can be powered by up to 4 gasoline or petrol outboard engines. Single or twin inboard diesel engines can be combined with stern drive propeller or water-jet drive units.

Besides having many roles in the military and commercial sector RIBs make excellent personnel and load carriers. Top speeds can exceed 60 knots.

RIB Tubes & Collars

RIB tubes, also known as a collars, are made of Hypalon, Polyurethane, Polyethylene or PVC. Tubes have multiple air chambers fitted with separate fill and relief valves.

The inflatable collar makes the RIB extremely versatile by providing high stability, a softer ride at sea and the ability to fender off vessels without damage.

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