Finding the Right Tender for Your Boat, by Chris Caswell (continued)
Newest in the Ribcraft fleet is this 15-foot 7-inch rigid inflatable with yacht-like features for comfort and style. Manufactured in Marblehead, Massachusetts, each tender is personalized to fit a customer’s needs, starting with its deep-V hull (23-degree deadrise) and heavy-duty Hypalon tubes with five chambers. With an offset center console, a bench seat and ample space for up to six people, the Ribcraft 4.8T can be configured with optional watersports equipment and seating arrangements. Originally designed for military agencies and water-safety professionals, the Ribcraft hull is known for handling rough water with ease and providing a dry ride. Powered by a single outboard up to 70 horsepower, the 4.8T will reach speeds over 25 knots. Optional equipment includes a tow bar for wakeboarding or tubing, an antenna arch, and customized hull and tube colors to match the mother yacht.
Ribcraft, 866-742-7872; ribcraftusa.com