The revolutionary new F-RIB 360 Folding RIB has a 3-section articulated FOLDING RIGID HULL so that:
- Assembled, it retains the performance, stability and durability advantages of a conventional RIB.
- Folded, it is much easier to transport and store, taking up little if any more space than an inflatable floor boat.
The hull sections have interlocking tabs and slots, held together by the pressure in the tubes and (on this model) over-size bolts between each section (no tools needed). Once assembled it's really difficult to tell they fold - most people don't notice until you tell them. And they're MUCH easier to assemble/dismantle than the "SIBs" with aluminium floorboards etc (just try one!).
SAILING TODAY Magazine recently tested the (smaller) F-RIB 275 and said "Handles just like a standard RIB... more stable than a simple inflatable boat... can carry a greater payload and take a bigger outboard... with a 5hp motor we were making 8 knots with two on board and planing at 14 knots with one"
If you are used to a floppy-bottomed inflatable, changing to a hard-bottomed folding RIB will be something of a revolution. At the most basic level, it's very reassuring to "stand on something solid". And the F-RIB design (ignoring the fact it folds) seems to be unusually stable. Having a solid hull with a defined underwater shape - not dependent on where people sit etc - also makes them a lot better to row.
However the biggest difference of all will come under power, when you'll find small engines achieve higher speeds, whilst with larger engines you'll be able to push along at higher speeds even when conditions are a bit choppy.
The 360 is rated up to 25hp but we've found 20hp is more than adequate, achieving speeds in excess of 20 knots with four adults on board. It will still plane very comfortably with two passengers and 10hp. The 360 is perfectly capable of taking 25hp but the disadvantage is weight; 25hp motors are much heavier than 20s and 10s, an important consideration in the portable boat market.
Back to the F-RIB 360's main and unique selling point though: the hull itself folds for easier transport and storage. This means it will fit in the back of a car, or on the deck of a yacht (or even in a large locker) much more easily than non-folding RIBs. It makes a proper RIB available to lots of people who didn't think they had the space for one.
Standard F-RIB 360 price £2526 inc VAT. This includes oars, rowlocks, foot pump inflator, repair kit, storage bags etc.
OPTIONS include seat cushions and seat bags, bow canopy, tube covers, davit lifting points etc.
We can also package the F-RIB 275 with a motor of your choice, for example:
- F-RIB 360 & Torqeedo 1003 electric £3695
- F-RIB 275 & Tohatsu 3.5hp petrol £2895
- F-RIB 275 & Tohatsu 6hp petrol £3250
- F-RIB 275 & Tohatsu 9.8hp petrol £3999
- F-RIB 275 & Tohatsu 20hp petrol £4450
All prices include UK VAT @ 20% and assume collection from our premises in New Milton (near Christchurch, Hampshire/Dorset border).
- [email protected]
- 0800 999 2535 (free from most UK landlines)
- 07768 600595 (mobile)
We are the Portable Boat Specialists - F-RIBs are just one of several ranges we sell - see our website: http://www.nestawayboats.com/FRIB-Folding-hull-RIBs(193 3380).htm