Why is a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) most often the vessel of choice for Professional Mariners, Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies all over the world?
The Ocean Craft Marine RIB Boat uses a unique, concave hull chine design. As it moves through the water and impacts waves, the concave chine acts to direct the water downward thereby creating extra lift and reducing the wetted surface and friction drag of the hull. The combination of lighter-weight and reduced friction, translates into increased overall top-speed with reduced fuel consumption and fuel cost and results in an increased overall operational range per gallon of fuel carried and consumed.
The inflatable tube-set provides the craft with wonderful lateral stability and abundant reserve buoyancy. Even when the vessel is deliberately overloaded to one-side with unevenly distributed weight, the air holding tube could then be forced by this weight to touch the water, but its inherent and abundant buoyancy prevents the vessel from tipping further or capsizing. To dispel a common misconception about RHIBS; when a properly designed RIB Boat is at rest or underway in nominal operating conditions, the tube-set does not contact the water except to deflect occasional sea-spray, and it is not required for buoyancy to keep the vessel afloat.
The separated air chambers ensure that the increased buoyancy created by the air tubes remain effective even in the event of puncture. Ocean Craft Marine boats would propel themselves efficiently regardless of air tubes but the air tubes provide for ultimate safety.
The air tube collar construction result in the Ocean Craft Marine RHIB being significantly lighter than a conventional hard sided boat. This advantage ensures that it is easier to trailer behind a vehicle or lift on to the deck of a larger vessel.
The weight saving aspect of the Ocean Craft Marine craft will generally make the boat more fuel economic allowing for a lower running cost and greater relative travelling range.
The lightness of the RIB will ensure that the horse-power will mostly outperform any conventional hard-sided boat with the same power.
The inflatable collars on the Ocean Craft Marine RHIB serve as a stabilizing platform whether at standstill or traveling at high speed. The stability becomes a significant advantage at high speed and in adverse conditions. Commercial and Sea Rescue craft use RHIBs with this benefit in mind.
The air collars offer vastly improved wave deflection resulting in a drier ride and the ability to navigate more extreme sea conditions.
The air holding collars provide inherent shock mitigation when adverse sea conditions. The collars also provide prominent fendering when coming along side for PAX transfer and vessel boarding operations.
The air collars offer a shock absorption noticeable in extreme sea state conditions.
Ocean Craft Marine RHIB are versatile with plenty of open deck space to utilize for customizable accessory layout. The safety and performance qualities ensure versatility in sea conditions.
Easy Launching and Retrieving
Due to the Ocean Craft Marine RHIBs lightness, it is easier to launch and retrieve making the process smoother than a hard-sided boat.
Outstanding Load Carrying Capacity
Ocean Craft Marine RHIBs have a greater relative load carrying capacity due to the inflatable collars providing ultimate buoyancy and stability. Thus, allowing you to transport considerable charges without affecting the performance.
Reduced Operational Cost
The Ocean Craft Marine RHIB with reverse scalped chines increases the lift, therefore reducing the drag and ultimately reducing operational cost.