The revolutionary F-RIB 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.
That means you can store or transport a “proper RIB” 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 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. 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
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 F-RIB 275.
A review in the January 2017 edition of YACHTING WORLD rated the F-RIB “one of the best bits of kit we’ve bought”, see: YW F-RIB article