Boy did we attract some stares as the new Sealegs 7.1m RIB ‘amphibious marine craft’ emerged from the water driving onto a Sydney beach.
Stepping back for a moment, the new Outer Edge is one great looking tinny. Paint work and graphics are another area where Mako Craft has stepped ahead of the crowd.
Traditionally, little RIBs exist as tenders to ferry you from shore to boat. Not so with the big vessels like Cougar's latest R-11 Sport unless you own a superyacht and your man Jeeves is ferrying your guests
If your mental picture of rigid inflatables (RIBs) is strongly influenced by surf rescue duckies and Special Forces assault boats, be prepared for something different with the boats from Cougar Marine. 'Utilitarian' is definitely not the key adjective here.
The CL14 is clearly a well thought out vessel. Her nimble performance, dry ride and abundant creature comforts suggest that this 14-footer's $30,000 price tag, with the ETEC 75hp motor and trailer, is good value in this category
The latest offering from Avon Inflatable is a rugged little beast that behaves like a pump action shotgun. Fast out of the hole and once up and running ' thanks to the excellent cushioning effect generated by the rigid inflatable hull ' she handles the rough stuff like a surf rescue rubber ducky.