FRIB Folding Hull RIBs



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FRIB Folding RIBs

The revolutionary FRIB Folding RIBs have 3-section articulated folding rigid hulls. This makes them much easier to transport and store – taking only slightly more space than an all-fabric boat – whilst retaining the performance, stability and durability advantages of a conventional RIB.

UNFORTUNATELY FRIBS ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF PRODUCTION – they are trying to resolve this but (as of May 2024) we think it’s unlikely before 2025.

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A FRIB folding RIB can be stored or transported where you thought it was impossible: on the deck of a yacht, or in the back of a car, for example. It may also mean you can choose one a size or two larger than you otherwise would; that means great carrying capacity, comfort and speed.

The FRIB hull sections have interlocking tabs and slots, held together by the pressure in the tubes and bolts. Once assembled it’s difficult to tell they fold.

F-RIB 275 folded on deck

This photo shows that even the FRIB 275 has a V shape bottom at the bow, much better than a flat hull if you wish to push on in choppy waters.

Sailing Today also point out that most sizes of foldable RIB will fit in the back of a car or motorhome etc – impossible with a conventional hard-bottomed RIB.

Assembly of the hull is very simple, once you have the technique… just make sure the lugs are engaged with the slots before fully opening. Here you can watch a video showing how to fold the FRIB 275.

A review in the January 2017 edition of YACHTING WORLD rated the FRIB “one of the best bits of kit we’ve bought”
see: YW FRIB article

FRIB Nestaway Boats
FRIB Nestaway Boats

Sailing Today tested the 275 and gave it a 5 star rating:

“Handles just like a standard RIB… more stable than a simple inflatable boat… can carry a greater payload and take a bigger outboard… with a 5hp motor we were making 8 knots with two on board and planing at 14 knots with one”

SAILING TODAY Magazine, May 2014

FRIB Folding RIBs Performance

If you are used to a floppy-bottomed inflatable, changing to a hard-bottomed folding RIB will be something of a revolution. At the most basic level, it’s very reassuring to “stand on something solid”. The F-RIB design (ignoring the fact it folds) seems to be unusually stable. And having a solid hull with a defined underwater shape – not dependent on where people sit etc – also makes them better to row.

However the biggest difference of all will come under power, when you’ll tend to find small engines achieve higher speeds, whilst with larger engines you’ll be able to push along at higher speeds even when conditions are a bit choppy. The only way you’ll really get better performance from small motors is by going longer and narrower, as we have with our SpearFish efficient inflatables.

Yachting Monthly tested the FRIB 275 and found that a Suzuki 2.5 “gave six knots with two adult crew on board, and eight with just one… with a 5hp we made 8 knots two-up and planed at 14 knots with one.” We’ve also tested, ourselves, the 275 with a 9.8hp and, one-up, still had throttle to spare (let’s be honest, chickened out!) at 20 knots. She zipped straight up on the plane and was very smooth and dry at speed, with no sign of movement between the hull sections.

With a Torqeedo 1003 (1kW) electric outboard on a 275 we got 5 knots flat out and 4 at half power, giving a realistic range of 8-10 nautical miles (on the 915Wh battery).

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A folded FRIB275 in the back of a BMW 5-Series estate (wagon), with seat, oars and pump in the blue bag underneath to the left. Note that the rear seats are still up and there is still plenty of space for a motor and/or any other luggage you may need to take with you. Similarly, the folded hulls will fit in the back of many hatchbacks (eg VW Golf), although in this case you will need to fold the rear seats.

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Assembling FRIBs is easy and only takes 5 minutes.

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A note on weight

At first glance, most people assume a hard-bottomed glassfibre RIB will be very heavy compared to one with a rubber fabric bottom, but with the F-RIBs the difference isn’t crazy. Rubber is surprisingly heavy, particularly when you use thick rubber (which is advisable for the bottom of inflatable boats!).

Size-for-size, in comparison to the FRIB 275 (at 36kg):

– a typical rubber-bottomed dinghy with tube keel underneath inner floor (to give it some V-shape) is 30-35kg. Even our own SpearFish 310, which saves weight by integrating a V-shaped high-pressure floor into the hull, is still about 25kg.

– also bear in mind that the weight of a tender, as far as handling/lifting goes, generally includes a motor. FRIB hulls are more efficient than many all-rubber boats so will either be faster or can take a smaller, lighter engine to achieve the same speed (total weight may therefore be less). A typical 6hp outboard (eg Tohatsu/Mercury/Mariner) weighs 26kg, whereas the “next size up” (8-10hp) weigh 37-40kg.

– whilst even aluminium-hulled (and non-folding) RIBs, specifically marketed as lightweight, are somewhere between 28 and 45kg.


The only way you can really make an inflatable boat much lighter (there are 2.7m dinghies weighing under 20kg) is to reduce the thickness of the fabric, and then you have to question the durability. Or buy a smaller dinghy – but that has other implications on factors such as stability, load carrying and performance.

FRIB Nestaway Boats
FRIB Nestaway Boats
FRIB Nestaway Boats

About the FRIB 430

The F-RIB 275, 330, and 360 all have three part hulls.

The newer 430 pictured here is similar but with a slightly deeper V (better in waves), and the hull is in four pieces rather than three, so it actually folds up to not much bigger than a 360! As a 4.3m rigid hull boat it’s really a very capable piece of kit, able to carry up to 6 adults (max 800kg), yet it still fits in the back of an estate car. The only real downside, unless you are extremely strong (and even then…), is the weight – at 68kg it is not, for most people, a one person job to assemble/fold.

We really consider the 360 to be the largest of the range that’s possible to launch/retrieve on your own, and even that size is only really possible with the aid of transom wheels (available as an option).

Nestaway Boats & FRIB

We got hold of our first F-RIB 275 in June 2014 and immediately took it on a week’s trial, as tender to a cruising yacht on the West Coast of Scotland. We were deeply impressed, so we decided to add them to our carefully-selected, specialist range of folding boats.

Some of our feedback was incorporated into the production models and we co-launched the FRIB range at Southampton Boat Show 2014. We know for a fact that we have sold more FRIBs than anyone else in the UK and as you may have noticed many of our photographs are unique to us, because we’ve actually used the boats ourselves (and took a camera!). We still talk to FRIB (which is a UK company) regularly about the forthcoming new UK production (they used to be made in Russia) and will be the first to get the new stock when it’s available.

BACK INTO PRODUCTION DATE – unfortunately we, and our patient customers who have placed deposits, have now seen several deadlines go whooshing by… we do remain confident that it will happen, and we know progress has been made, but it now seems unlikely for the 2024 season.

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How can we help?

We understand there is a lot of information to digest when trying to decide which product is for you. We have a lot of knowledge in this space and would love to help you make an impartial, informed decision.

Email: or Phone: 0800 999 2535

Additional Information and Advice


FRIB Folding Hull Specifications

The F-RIBs are all rated in (RCD) Recreational Craft Directive category C (max wind Force 6, max wave height 2m), which is reassuringly high (or ridiculous, depending on how you look at it, we wouldn’t choose to take a 6m RIB out in that!). If rated in category D (ie for calmer waters) the person capacity would typically increase by 40-50%, so the 275 for example could take at least 4 adults (and does, we’ve tried it, with 5 in fact).

Model 275
*boat only
Length - 9ft
Beam - 160cm
Weight - 36kg
Tube Diam - 40cm
Max load* Cat C - 300kg
Max Engine - 15hp
Recommended - 1kW elec or 6hp
Folded Size - 90x85x40cm
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Model 330
*boat only
Length - 11ft
Beam - 165cm
Weight - 43kg
Tube Diam - 42cm
Max load* Cat C - 450kg
Max Engine - 15hp
Recommended - 1kW elec or 6hp
Folded Size - 100x90x40cm
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Model 360
*boat only
Length - 12ft
Beam - 165cm
Weight - 48kg
Tube Diam - 43cm
Max load* Cat C - 700kg
Max Engine - 25hp
Recommended - 6hp to 20hp
Folded Size - 110x90x45cm
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Model 430
*boat only
Length - 14ft
Beam - 190cm
Weight - 68kg
Tube Diam - 47cm
Max load* Cat C - 800kg
Max Engine - 30hp
Recommended - 6hp to 20hp
Folded Size - 115x115x50cm
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What is included?

F-RIB Prices include as standard: oars; foot pump; hull and accessory storage bags; repair kit; and removable seat or seats (depending on size).

Options include: Bow Canopy (£185 DIY fit see accessory fitting note below); Transom Wheels (£160 also DIY fit): Davit Lifting Points x4 (£120 also DIY fit); Seat Cushions £50 each; Bags that hang underneath seats £50 each; 12V-powered Electric Pump (£95). NB If you want the underseat bag(s) these only work in conjunction with the cushions, and need to be ordered at the same time.

Accessory Fitting Note: Price for bow canopy, transom wheel and davit lifting points are for the items supplied loose for you to fit. All are relatively straightforward DIY jobs, but we can do them if you wish us to. However it does take time, and we have overheads and staff to pay for, so we have to charge for it.

Fitting charges if you want us to do it are: £65 for transom wheels; £80 for bow canopy; £120 for davit lifting points.

We are also agents for Torqeedo and Epropulsion electric outboards. Our recommended motor will depend on which size F-RIB you choose, what you want to do with it, and of course budget. This is something we’re happy to discuss over the phone or by email, if you want us to supply the motor.

FRIB Nestaway Boats
FRIB Nestaway Boats


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