By: Northwest Yachting
Venture 14 “Explorer” Sport RIB
The Venture 14 is a dinghy with a twist. Part of the new Sport RIB line by Walker Bay, this adventure vessel was built for versatil-ity and is ideal for anyone looking to take the next step in pleasure craft. Its upright console protects captains from the wind, and it can accommodate a 9-inch chart plotter, two gauges, and a stereo and VHF, amping up your boating game from dinghy to full on Explorer. A flip-up bolster seat allows additional standing or elevated seating room during adverse conditions for a total of three different driving positions, and the tilt steering and top-mount throttle are vital to making each position ergonomic.
Pack in a total of eight passengers and fill up the built-in cooler with snacks and drinks for a full day on the water, thanks to the large capacity, built-in fuel system that can take the V14 farther than any other RIB in its class. The enhanced dinghy weighs 633 pounds with a 70 HP engine and a 17-gallon fuel tank for an estimated mileage of 140 miles per tank. When you’re ready for a cold one, plop it in one of the five stainless steel cup holders for the ride. And, there’s no need to worry about a bruised torso when crossing those ferry wakes; Walker Bay’s composite micro stringer system bonds the hull and deck together for a strong, lightweight hull that puts chop to shame. That, combined with thick cushioning on the seats and plush backrests on the console and bow, makes for a truly comfortable ride.
Non-slip steps aft, port, starboard, and on the bow make boarding a breeze, and if you choose to add an integrated folding ladder, it gets even easier. More customizable options include a fresh water shower off the stern, flush-mount stainless steel rod holders, and/or a telescopic ski pole. The V14 is the first of the new Sport RIB line and comes in three col-ors. Price starts at $18,715 MSRP for the boat, excluding the engine. Visit walkerbay.com to find a dealer near you.