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3 Reasons Why Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are Faster Than Other Boats

If you are an adrenaline fiend, finding the boat that gives you the most bang for your buck is a priority. Perhaps you’ve seen the way a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) zooms past, or you’ve heard from a friend that RIBs are the way to go when it comes to speed and performance. No matter your needs, read on to learn the top three reasons why RIB boats are faster (and more fuel efficient) than their non-inflatable counterparts.

Lightweight design

It makes sense that if you have to carry less, you can move faster. Well this is also true for boats. Seeing as a large portion of this leisure boat is made up of lightweight inflatable tubes, a RIB boat comes up on top compared to aluminium, wood, and fibreglass boats with the same size engine. If you’re not after speed alone, you’ll be happy to know that the lightweight nature of the Rigid Inflatable Boat also means that it requires less horsepower to reach your desired speed, as well as being more fuel efficient.

More powerful engines

Not only does the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) offer more speed due to its light build, but RIB boats can also fit larger and heavier engines than non-RIB boats of the same size. This may not come as such a surprise considering RIBs were originally built for rescue and military needs, where time and performance is often of the essence. This means that with a RIB boat you can enjoy more horsepower combined with a lighter weight boat.

Smooth sailing

Ever come up against the bow wave of a large boat? Depending on the make and size of your boat, approaching waves usually requires you to slow down to stay safe and comfortable on the water. The fibreglass hull and inflatable tubes of a RIB boat allows it to cut through water in a uniquely smooth and stable way, often allowing you to maintain your cruising speed where other boats cannot. However, in any boat it’s important to slow down over larger waves to prevent injury to both the passengers and the boat.

Due to all these reasons and more, Rigid Inflatable Boats are increasingly the boat of choice when it comes to commercial fast-speed rides and military operations alike, but are also popular recreational boats. Are you after speed, fuel efficiency, or stability? No matter your priorities, you can trust that they can be met by a high quality RIB boat. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to reach out to Moby today

Why the Military Prefers RIB Boats

Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are recognised by their rigid hull and inflatable tube sides. Militaries and Special Ops around the world employ high performance RIBs for rescue and warfare operations. In this blog we dove into just what makes the RIB boat such a well suited vessel for these demanding maritime needs. Read on to learn more!


When the military and other marine rescue services invest in high performance boats, they’ll not only want one that meets their high performance needs, but also one that lasts. Originally conceived as lifeboats more than fifty years ago, RIBs today are built to endure hardships. RIBs handle waves more smoothly than rigid boats, meaning they won’t be beaten up as badly as other boats in choppy weather. This means it’s a near-unsinkable boat that even stays afloat with large amounts of water inboard. Even better – some special forces RIBs today are bulletproof.


When it comes to being on the water, stability is key. This is especially true when it comes to special operations, when passengers are heavily clad in specialised gear as well as carrying heavy equipment. The build of the RIB boat and the design of the inflatable tubes makes the RIB boat a best-in-class, high-buoyancy vessel. It offers stability in all weather and choppiness, even carrying heavy loads. As a bonus, the RIB boat is also much more stable than a fibreglass or aluminium dinghy when it comes to reboarding the boat from the water.


In military and rescue operations, speed is of the essence. The RIB boat is a faster boat than its non inflatable counterparts due to its light build and the way it sits on the water. Not only that, but the RIB – regardless of size – can fit a larger engine than a non-RIB boat of the same size.

Easy docking

In military needs it’s impossible to know where one might have to pull up. A beach, a cliff, another boat, or a dock – with a RIB boat the team can rest assured that the boat is built for a safe, silent, and comfortable docking anywhere.

Enjoy these perks without being Special Ops

Leisure RIB boats may not be bulletproof, but they offer all of the other perks of a RIB boat to recreational boaters worldwide. Want a fast, stable, fun, and durable vessel that’ll make you fall in love with boating all over again? Contact Moby Motorsports today to have a chat.