Rigid Inflatables for Sale
A Multi-Purpose Vessel
The boating market is booming and there are now more boats available than ever before. Ownership cost, as well as the purpose of the boat should be considered prior to purchase, especially for those who wish to use the craft I both fresh and salt water. Rigid Inflatables for sale tend to meet the demands of the market, provide both recreational and safety compliance needs, and are affordable.Read More
What are Rigid Inflatables?
A rigid inflatable boat or RIB as the industry calls them, is a boat comprised of a rigid hull with inflatable tubes running through the center of the boat. Consequently, the boat has a safer hull than boats which inflate via one main compartment. Should a tube get punctured, the integrity of the entire vessel is not compromised (though you would want to repair it immediately). Furthermore, rigidity of the vessel allows for it to be quite strong in high wind and sea conditions.
History of Rigid Inflatables
Rigid inflatables originated in Britain, 1964. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution required a way to make the standard lifeboat easier to store, as well as strong enough to contend with the rigors of the seas. The RIB designed was introduced. But, it was not until 1965 that the vessel was able to conduct actual sea trials onboard the Queen Mary II. A few years later, in 1967, after the RIB had proven to be seaworthy, commercial production commenced and has been a part of the lifeboat industry since then.
Rigid Inflatables as safety and rescue equipment
The most common use of rigid inflatables is as lifeboats, since the smaller length and the storage of the vessel allows it to be tendered on much larger vessels. Some larger yachts have specified tender lockers to house these versatile boats. Rigid Inflatables can be deployed easily without the same weight as the standard tenders and are able to take guests to shore quickly, even when the yacht is unable to dock.
With all the natural disasters facing the world today, many rescue teams employ rigid inflatables as a means of getting to victims quickly and safely. The rigid hull design is resistant to floating debris in the water. Combined with its large passenger capacity, rescues can happen quicker with fewer boats to keep track of.
Rigid Inflatables have become popular in the recreational world, as the stronger material, combined with the light weight of the craft, allows for use in both fresh and saltwater. Water Rafting can utilize the inflatable to a degree, but owners should weary of rocks and other variables which could puncture the inflatable tubing. Fishing from the inflatable is also not advised as the design is not intended to support standing (which would be needed when reeling in a catch).
One use, which is limited by the outboards on other Floridian vessels, is to use the Rigid Inflatable to access waters controlled by the Wildlife Conservation Legislation. Since the rigid boats can operate without a motor (via paddle and oar), you may be able to access manatee dense water.
Popular Rigid Inflatable Brands
Brands for Rigid Inflatable boats tend to be quite different than the standard boat brand companies. Features are limited for these vessels, but depending on the brand, upgraded seating and larger motors may be available. Before purchasing any RIB, be sure to account for where the boat will be stored on the parent boat.
- AB Inflatables
- Air Rider
- Albatro International
- Alessandro Marchi
- Argos Nautic
- Carbon Craft
- Evos Boat
- Evolution Tenders
Prices vary for rigid inflatable boats and when purchasing, it is important to think of the overall budget for the boat. The standard RIB can be purchased for an average of $600. The prices go up depending on the seating capacity, features, and motor size for the vessel. These boats can be purchased as additions to a vessel, but some come as standard safety features onboard the boat, so be sure to check before making your final purchase.
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