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Ribcraft USA introduces its newest, largest model

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 — Delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T certified tour boat to a customer in New England marks the introduction of the 41 ft Ribcraft 12.5 , the newest and largest model from professional grade rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer Ribcraft USA, LLC.

Marblehead, MA, based Ribcraft describes the new model as “the ultimate offshore platform for tour operators, security and patrol operations, military applications, and discerning recreational boaters.” It combines Ribcraft’s signature deep V hull and bow sheer with an extended waterline and generous beam.

Designed for offshore passages and operations requiring large crew and payload capacities, the flagship model offers the flexibility needed to meet the specialized needs of customers.

The most recent 12.5, configured for passenger-for-hire operations, was built to USCG Sub Chapter T standards for passenger vessels and will run whale watching expeditions, sightseeing tours and thrill rides. The USCG certified vessel can accommodate up to 34 guests through the combination of 29 jockey-style pod seats and a large aft bench. Outfitted for adventure tours, it features an eye catching heavy duty yellow Hypalon tube, extended canopy top with an integrated swim ladder, bow thruster, and a marine head.

“This new model really fills a void in our line-up. The tour industry is all about numbers so getting more paying customers into larger performance RIBs is what this is all about”, said Brian Gray, President of Ribcraft. “We were delighted with the performance and stability of the boat even at full load. She certainly met all our expectations.”

Powered by triple 350HP Mercury Verado outboards, the Ribcraft 12.5 reaches speeds in excess of 50 mph while still providing the responsive and agile handling customers have come to expect from a Ribcraft. The 12.5 is also available with twin inboard diesel I/O or water jets. With an optional thruster, the 12.5 delivers excellent tight quarter maneuverability.

The Ribcraft 12.5 is available in multiple configurations to suit both commercial and recreational customers.

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