Island-based boat builder’s new 10m RIB hits the water

A new high-performance utility 10m RIB designed and built by Isle of Wight-based Island RIBs, makes its debut at the Southampton Boat Show.

The new RIB has been built to be adaptable for a wide range of uses, from chase boat or commercial applications to the serious recreational customer wanting to explore further afield.

Island RIBs’ reputation for exemplary build quality, sea-keeping and high standard of finish has seen it enjoy growing success within the competitive commercial RIB market.

All Island RIBs are designed and manufactured at the boat builder’s Kingston Works factory in East Cowes within a process-controlled, low-waste environment to comply with rigorous recreational and commercial safety and environmental standards.

Island RIBs is also creating opportunities for young people on the Island to follow a career in the marine industry through its work experience and apprenticeship schemes.

As well as being a leading boat builder for the leisure and recreation sector, Island RIBs supplies boats to commercial organisations, Williams Shipping and Sea Start, and aids scientific research around the globe, supplying the British Antarctic Survey, Sea Start and Falklands Conservation for use in monitoring the region’s whale population.

With large (660L) fuel capacity and high horsepower capability together with a soft-riding hull, shock absorbing seats and full size hard-top bimini for protection from the elements, the new 10m RIB is exceptionally sea-kind, making it ideally suited to customers looking to go further and faster, while remaining dry and comfortable.

Its large deck area allows for a range of configurations, easy crew and equipment transport, and transfers at sea. The generous console cuddy can be fitted with single or V berth, sea heads and has spacious equipment stowage space.

The RIB is powered by twin Suzuki DF325 outboard engines, allowing for economical and fast long-distance cruising. It comes equipped with a fully electronic power steering system with joystick control, and an extensive Raymarine advanced navigation system with thermal imaging camera.

As with the firm’s 7m series vessels, the 10m RIB conforms to the Recreational Craft Directive, ensuring the vessel’s safety and environmental compliance, and it can be MCA coded to CAT 2 for commercial use.

To find out more please visit or visit them at the Southampton Boat Show on berth M075.

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