Ridged Inflatable Boats or “RIBs” are a very popular choice of yacht tender.
As opposed to a completely inflatable “raft” that can be “deflated” and stored on your yacht, a RIB has a solid floor, more like a “real boat.” It is constructed with a solid, shaped hull and flexible tubes at the gunwales. It is these tubes that are “inflatable” and not the entire watercraft. It is that design that gives a RIB a lot of advantages over a solid yacht tender, here are 7 of them.
Smooth Ride – A RIB is designed to easily and efficiently slice through the water. The unique “Deep V” hull design provides a smoother, less bumpy ride, and a drier ride, even in the roughest surf.
Small, yet powerful – As opposed to a non-ridged inflatable dinghy or raft, the more solid structure of a RIB means it can support more powerful outboard engines. The military makes enormous use of RIBs as pound-for-pound they are some of the strongest, most durable, and most powerful small boats ever made!
Buoyancy and Floatability – A RIB does not capsize as easily as a solid boat of similar size. Their rigid construction not only make them stable even when moving very fast, but because of the inflatable tubes, they are very hard to capsize even when taking on water. In a standard boat, most of the bouncy, or “floatability” is in the bottom, so, when there is a problem, they tend to flip over. A RIB’s buoyancy on the other hand, is largely in the surrounding inflatable tubes, so they stay afloat even when taking on water. And, since the tubes are distinct from one another, there is little chance of a Rigid Inflatable Yacht Tender sinking if one tube is damaged.
Versatility – A rigid inflatable boat can be used in any type of water. They are just ideal for any excursions from your primary yacht. From calm lakes and canals, to rough seas, RIBs are designed to “do it all.” And, with speeds from 30 to 70 knots. they are great for water skiing, flyboarding, and any number of other water toy adventures.
Speed and maneuverability – Another reason that RIBs are a favorite of military and rescue operations is their speed and maneuverability. Depending on the type of motor used, most modern RIBs are very fast, compared to solid boats of comparable size, and can respond to changes in motion very quickly.
Durability – Because of the aforementioned buoyancy, RIBs are inherently safer than hulled tenders of comparable size, and their design also makes them virtually invulnerable to damage by low-impact collisions.
A size to suit all – Modern RIBs come in many sizes, from small basic “rafts” to larger vessels that can make an ideal yacht tender, complete with wheelhouses and cabins!
The list can go on, but in a nutshell, RIBs are extremely versatile and rugged watercraft. They are safer, faster and more seaworthy, than their traditional hard-hulled counterparts, making them an ideal choice for a tender on most modern motor yachts.
Choosing Your Tender
As reliable and useful as a RIB yacht tender can be, they still need to be well maintained. That is where our On Demand yachting solution can help. We will not only help match the right tender — RIB or hulled — to your yacht and needs, but we will make sure that its engines are well maintained, and it is equipped with all the necessary safety gear and equipment to be ready for any excursions you are!
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.