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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.