RIBS – rigid hard bottom inflatables – are increasingly multi-purpose and with this comes a multitude of features and designs. Carib Marine, the in-house brand of Budget Marine, offers the widest range of both fiberglass and aluminum RIBs in stock at its headquarters in St. Maarten. This includes the new fiberglass FX580.
“The purpose of the FX580 is to not only look cool, which goal it achieves splendidly, but also to move easily and smoothly between locations in the Caribbean,” says marketing manager, Nicole Corvellec. “The pronounced bow-sheer, deep V keel and large tube of this series guarantees a great sea going vessel and a smooth dry ride. Its stability at rest, its spacious cockpit and its heavy-duty grab handles, makes the ideal platform as a dive/pleasure boat, professional/response boat or coach/support boat.”
This stunning RIB comes standard with console and seating. Additional options include T-top, leaning post and engine among others. The Budget Marine Service Department can take care of rigging needs so the FX580 can be delivered completely turn-key.
For those buyers looking for a lightweight RIB, Carib Marine has just introduced an aluminum line that ranges from 8- to 14-foot in length. Caribmarine.com