Boating Gear: Inflatable Boats

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Tips on Ribs

Rigid-hulled inflatable boats, or RIBs, have over the last few years developed into a popular choice for many boat buyers. With difficult economic times and consequent tightened purse strings, a quality RIB is a sensible option as not only is it lighter on the pocket but it offers incredible versatility, convenience and straightforward maintenance. But how do you know what to look for in a RIB? Let’s have a look at the options.

Whether you’re an angler, skier, tuber, cruiser, or if you enjoy a combination of the above; you really don’t need to look further than a good rigid-hulled inflatable boat. Compared to other boats of the same size, RIBs are lighter and therefore more economical on the water as well as on the road; they are resilient and will outlast an aluminium or fibreglass boat in the long run as they aren’t as susceptible to dents, scratches and other wear and tear; they have a low centre of gravity with exceptional buoyancy and therefore make for the most stable option on rough seas (hence emergency services’ preference of RIBs); they offer high manoeuvrability and speed; they’re remarkably easy to clean and very little maintenance is needed.


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