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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