The Ribcraft line of Rigid Inflatable Boats has been around a long time with a good reputation. But even the best boats can get worn out and tired after a period of time. The new “Orca 866” (1500 denier/45mil) military grade hypalon tubes in the “Arctic Grey” color will be cooler to the touch and show less dirt (so easier to maintain). The RIB’s new tubes were dressed with two rows of 3.5” tall EPDM rubber rub rails with a 1” hypalon accent stripe in between so you have 8” of total side protection. Add to that the three rows of 3” wide pure EPDM rubber chafe protection on the tube tops and this inflatable is ready to be back on the water coaching the young up and coming sailors of today.
The Ribcraft 5.85m RIB shown in photo 1 doesn’t reveal its true condition. Photo 2 shows its tubeless hull after being prepped for new tubes. Photos 3 and 4 show the retube project with a new bimini rigged, ready to go.