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Top 15 Tenders and RIBS


Top 15 Tenders and RIBS

Tougher fabrics, lighter accessories and more powerful engines have continued the trend of making today’s tenders and RIBs more versatile than ever. For some, a RIB is their only vessel, a do-it-all wonder that is easy to operate, gentle around other boats because of the rubber collar, and filled with features (like a head) that make them comfortable for all.

While the highly functional 12-foot RIB has become popular, one builder has expanded the idea further to make a RIB that also goes on dryland—Sealegs’ Interceptor 9000. Equipped with three retractable wheels, the Interceptor 9000 can transition from the water to shore and the roads, and back again. While a boat with wheels may not be what you’re looking for, today’s top RIB models for 2017 are sure to offer a surprise or two.

Here’s a look at some of today’s top RIB builders and their models, and how one may perfectly suit your needs.Without further ado, our Top 15 Tenders and RIBs!

By Doug Thompson, Southern Boating Magazine March 2017


13Walker Bay Generation 525

In celebration of Walker Bay’s 20th anniversary, the builder launched the Generation 525 (17’2″ LOA, 8’4″ beam) RIB that drives like a sports car. The proprietary polyurethane composite, micro stringer system makes for a smooth ride as the Generation 525 hops on plane. The builder’s proprietary jig-and-alignment process absorbs wave chop and makes the boat easier to handle. Powered by a 115-hp outboard engine, top speed is 44 mph. Practical features include a 32-gallon fuel tank, flip-up driver’s seat, hydraulic tilt steering, stainless steel handrails for boarding and safety, and five gear lockers.  Stylish luxury features include teak boarding steps, fresh water shower, insulated cooler locker, stainless-steel cup holders, and deluxe cushions. Retractable ski pole, boarding ladder and sunpad are optional features.