Nautica RIB Express 42
Nautica RIB is upping the ante for rigid inflatable tenders with its 42-foot Express model. She will be the largest in her line for the company, which makes Express models as compact as 16 feet. The boat, for which Nautica has already received six orders, promises to be a well-outfitted sidekick for any megayacht as it’s totally bespoke itself. (As Nautica realizes that not all megayachts are large enough to keep the 42 onboard, it has planned for special features that make the boat eminently towable.) Some of the noteworthy add-ons included on a recent delivery—a tender for a 150-foot Med-based megayacht—are reinforced tow eyes and a floating tow line. The 42 can be configured with outboards or diesel inboards, as well as an electric bow thruster, various awnings to protect passengers from the sun’s rays, and even a sunpad for those who don’t mind them. Also, swim platforms and side doors for easy boarding come standard. With room enough for 22 people and the option to increase stowage capacity, the 42 looks to be a practical choice for an owner who needs to move a large number of people and a substantial amount of gear between the dock and the yacht.
This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.