Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
The abbreviation in the name of the boats RIB stands for Rigid Inflatable Boat, which means “rigid inflatable boat”. This implies the presence of a rigid frame and inflatable sides in constructions. As a result, the watercraft combined the advantages like inflatable boats (increased stability afloat, safety, the possibility of compact storage and transportation, low weight), and boats with a rigid hull (excellent seaworthiness and strength). If you are an avid fisherman or want to travel around waters, then pay attention when choosing a boat to our TOP-15 of the best RIB boats, which is made taking into account the characteristics models and owner reviews. The collected material will help you choose RIB and for more complex tasks (Ministry of Emergencies, operation in the oil and gas companies, for special forces, etc. d.).
- Rating of the biggest best RIB boats
- Raider Marine RM-530
- Mercury RIB 500 Luxe River Drive
- Skyboat SB 520RT
- YAMARAN B530R
- Petrel B-530
- Mustang MS-450H
- Condor CR-480
- BRIG Falcon F500
- RIB CAT Fortis 490
- Baltic Boats Apollo RIB 460
- Admiral RIB 410 (with console)
- Best small rib boats
- Raider Marine RM-380
- Veles (Stel) R-375 Elen
- WINboat 375R
- Veles (Stel) R-360 lite
Rating of the biggest best RIB boats
When compiling a list of the best, we paid attention to the sizes and boat capacity, type of material of the rigid part of the hull, mass, cylinder configuration and PVC density. Customer reviews too helped highlight the weaknesses and strengths of specific models. Let’s start with large boats 4-5.5 m long, which are designed for carrying capacity 800-1300 kg and accommodate from 6 to 10 people. it the best option for transporting bulk cargo by water or travel by a big company.
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the biggest best RIB boats||1||Raider Marine RM-530||490 000 rub.|
|2||Mercury RIB 500 Luxe River Drive||219 113 rub.|
|3||Skyboat SB 520RT||430 100 rub.|
|4||YAMARAN B530R||512 290 rub.|
|5||Petrel B-530||350 450 rub.|
|6||Mustang MS-450H||304 590 rub.|
|7||Condor CR-480||339 500 rub.|
|8||BRIG Falcon F500||495 360 rub.|
|9||RIB CAT Fortis 490||245 000 rub.|
|10||Baltic Boats Apollo RIB 460||98 280 rub.|
|11||Admiral RIB 410 (with console)||122 000 rub.|
|Best small rib boats||1||Raider Marine RM-380||185 000 rub.|
|2||Veles (Stel) R-375 Elen||80 500 rub.|
|3||WINboat 375R||68 000 rub.|
|4||Veles (Stel) R-360 lite||50 500 rub.|
Raider Marine RM-530
In the first place of the review is one of the largest RIB boats Raider Marine RM-530. As the name implies, its length is 530 cm. Inside this size, it was possible to separate as much as 3.53 m into the cockpit length and 1.35 wide. In total, the vessel accommodates 7 people. For crew accommodation provides two racks with windshields, separated by a passage to the bow of the boat. Console “Neva” contains a helm and complemented by a soft pilot seat. Behind this part right away there is a locker “Ladoga” in which you can store supplies or inventory. The manufacturer encloses two drainage pumps in case of flooding of the RIB by waves. There is also repair kit for eliminating breakdowns in the cylinder.
This RIB model stands out for its increased hardness. aluminum bottom 8 mm, as well as tight PVC. This allows swim in shallow water without fear of breaking through the hull. Carrying capacity the vessel is 1200 kg, and a large cockpit allows you to place inside the extra equipment, so the boat is great for rescue services and even military purposes.
- hard railing on the nose;
- there is a feed targa;
- It is designed to work with powerful motors up to 90 hp.;
- 100 liter fuel tank
- not the most attractive design;
- high price;
- difficult to transport due to weight of 270 kg;
- the nose pulls up significantly when picking up speed, which closes the view to the pilot.
Mercury RIB 500 Luxe River Drive
In second place is a boat with a pronounced sports design. She has sharp nose, narrow pilot stance and high spoiler with chassis by the lights. RIB vessel designed for interaction with powerful motors up to 90 hp The cylinder consists of 4 air compartments with a diameter of 56 see. PVC has a density of 1300 g / m² and reinforced fiber. An extra armor pad is provided for the keel, which Like the owners in the reviews. The hard bottom of the rib is made of fiberglass by casting. Manufacturer provides complete paddles, a valve for draining water and a foot pump. Still have soft overlays for all seats that increases operating comfort.
This boat is distinguished by two features. Although it is shorter the above RIB model is 30 cm, but accommodates 10 people instead of 7. Another advantage of the vessel is its reduced resistance to waves, which allows you to quickly gain high speed. That is why in The name used is the prefix Drive. In view of this RIB craft great for various kinds of patrols in ponds, to pursue violators and have a head start in speed.
- PVC reinforced fiber;
- there are oars included;
- convenient to launch due to four side handles;
- high spoiler with running lights.
- weighs 260 kg;
- no holders for fishing rods;
- small windshield.
Skyboat SB 520RT
In third place is the RIB boat with dimensions of 520×230 cm, where dimensions the cockpits are 355×120 cm. The boat is equipped with an awning and holds 8 person. It is based on a U-shaped balloon of 500 mm in diameter and contains five independent compartments. If one breaks through, the ship still stay afloat. The capacity of the boat is 1000 kg The bottom is made of fiberglass. Transom built in here (stationary), so the RIB is designed to interact with powerful motors up to 100 hp, which will not lead to the destruction of this part corps. In the reviews, the owners like that there is a pump for pumping out water of an electrical type, not foot – to remove liquid, you only need to turn on the device.
RIB caught the eye of experts with the opportunity to additional fuel tank made of stainless steel. About this manufacturer declares on an official site. The company offers to install it under the deck in the middle. Such a solution doubles the margin move, allowing you to go on the most distant journey without refueling. The presence of a covered tent even facilitates trips to several days with an overnight stay on the water, because the weather will not be able to wet travelers.
- the cylinder consists of five air compartments;
- there is an anchor eye;
- electric pump for pumping water;
- no side trim during parking.
- no holders for fishing rods;
- high price;
- weighs 320 kg.
Further in the review of the RIB “Jamaran” with dimensions of 5300×2200 mm, which accommodates 9 people. The model is produced under the patronage of a Japanese company Yamaha and is made from components of foreign manufacture. It is made with a cylinder of 500 mm in diameter and can withstand the load in 1000 kg It is allowed to mount motors with power up to 100 hp on the transom. The total weight of the kit is 285 kg. User feedback like that the boat has rear and front lockers, which allows you to take everything you need on a trip and not fix inventory on deck. The RIB vessel is equipped with a 65 liter fuel tank, an oar, to gently moor, and a pump to inflate the cylinder. The pilot and one passenger are placed on soft swivel chairs, which improves comfort on the go. Stainless steel arc and railing sold separately.
We marked this boat as the best among RIB in terms of PVC density. It makes 1350 g / m². This is one of the highest rates, which will help protect the soft parts of the vessel from cuts. If you like to fish in shallow water or in a thicket of reeds, then with such the RIB model will definitely stay afloat.
- two lockers for storing inventory;
- the battery is protected by a durable fiberglass box;
- 65 l fuel tank with level sensor;
- two swivel chairs.
- weight 285 kg;
- high price;
- no fuel filter sump (installed only for extra charge).
And here is another boat from the category of large RIB boats. Her dimensions are 5300×2200 mm with cockpit dimensions 3850x1200mm. The manufacturer recommends installing motors with 70 hp and the maximum permissible is 90 hp boat weight 310 kg. The bottom is made of fiberglass, so walk the deck is very comfortable. RIB based on water with two 50 cm diameter cylinders, which consist of five compartments with by air. You can buy such a boat in red or gray. corps. Fishermen in reviews share boat maintains stability on a “beaten” river wave, as well as on short ridges formed on lakes and reservoirs.
This RIB model is great for those who like speed dials. speed. The pitching angle here is 19º, so the bottom creates less resistance to water. It helps to save fuel. This configuration also allows the ship to drift, when the waves move in the right direction. So can be longer spend time in the waters, go fishing or swimming, and less spend fuel to get to the goal.
- convenient crew accommodation does not interfere with the passage on the deck;
- two swivel chairs;
- wide aft sofa;
- 8 handles for holding during overcoming waves.
- a small windshield;
- Navigation bar and navigation lights sold separately.
Further, an inflatable boat with a rigid bottom, having dimensions 4.5×2.1 m. Cockpit with a size of 3×1.1 m accommodates 7 people. RIB weighs 185 kg, therefore, for launching 4 people are enough. To hold boats are provided with additional handles on the sides. Despite shortened by almost 1 m, compared with the above models, the ship’s carrying capacity is 820 kg. Bottom of fiberglass withstands landing on a sandbank and even collision with stones. The manufacturer recommends installing on RIB motor with a capacity of 40 hp, but if desired, you can mount power unit and up to 50 hp
RIB got into our review because of the steering console performed by “Sport”. She has a short windshield, behind which is located steering wheel and other controls. Close button placement simplifies pilot access to launch systems and improves ergonomics. Extra stiff side handle for firm grip to the driver, despite the strong wind and shock waves. Gas reverse lever also made close to the helm, so its grip as much as possible natural and does not tire the driver.
- stainless handrails on the nose;
- locker in the front and rear of the vessel;
- handles for launching the boat into the water;
- foot pump for pumping water.
- motors with a power exceeding 50 hp cannot be installed;
- the pilot does not have a separate seat (located in the back couch).
The MNEV & K brand offers the Condor CR-480 RIB with a width hull 2.15 m and cockpit dimensions 3.8×1.1 m. Boat capacity is 6 people. For this, the rear and middle sofas separated by a control area. The boat weighs 170 kg, therefore launching it is much easier than the above models. The maximum power of the installed motors should not exceed 60 h.p. In the reviews, owners praise the rubberized helm, which is not slips in sweaty hands. More buyers are happy with the fast speed dial, but warn that exchange rate stability here not the strongest point of the RIB, because the pitch angle is 14.2º.
Our experts added the model to the list of the best due to the availability plastic console “Lux”, which increases comfort when RIB boat operation. The rack contains a panel for tapping steering wheel, and a small vertical unit for the installation of toggle switches and on-board computer. Further provides a more extensive vertical part under the speedometer and fuel gauge. Besides the console has two horizontal shelves for the navigator and fixing additional equipment. On the right there is a cutout under handle gas reverse. This allows you to arrange a pilot’s seat as saturated as possible to fully control the situation and have everything you need on hand.
- convenient horn in the access zone of the pilot’s right hand;
- reinforced front over nose;
- rubberized helm.
- lockers are not located on top, but on the side of the front sofa that will require a strong bend to find the right one thing;
- exchange rate stability is worse than on the above models.
- missing windshield.
BRIG Falcon F500
Among the 5-meter RIB can be noted BRIG Falcon, which has dimensions of 500×215 cm and moving on a U-shaped balloon with with a diameter of 500 mm. The capacity of the boat is 1200 kg, and according the number of users it accommodates 9 people. RIB is sold in two complete sets: “Classic” (with free arrangement of the deck for specific tasks) and “Suite” (hard seats and steering console). The manufacturer limits the permissible installed power engines with an indicator of 75 hp, but the owners in the reviews note that even with 50 hp engine the boat quickly enters planing mode. This is achieved despite being fully loaded and when towing. water skier.
A distinctive feature of RIB is its bulging nose, which has become possibly due to the curved rigid part of the bottom. It reduces resistance during acceleration. Due to such a constructive features the boat picks up speed faster than other models similar in weight and motor power. It makes her best for sports and towing nautical attractions, and for patrolling the water area. In some countries such RIBs are even used in the national guard.
- confidently holds the course, despite the waves and crosswind;
- racks and chairs made of fiberglass and marine plywood;
- enough space for rigging;
- balanced weight distribution.
- an arch with lights is bought separately;
- there is no nose hatch pillow.
RIB CAT Fortis 490
And here is an interesting RIB for leisure and travel. She has a back two small bridges from which it is convenient to jump into the water and scramble back. They are equipped with stainless steps. steel and railing. A motor is conveniently located between them. Dimensions The RIBs are 505×250 cm and it accommodates 8 people. All seats on the cockpit is trimmed with soft linings, and the rear sofa contains lumbar support. Owners in reviews like roomy L-shaped luggage compartment in the front, which has no analogues other vessels of this class.
This RIB is distinguished by a special bottom configuration. On him four longitudinal edans are provided, where two perform the main function, and the other two are auxiliary. This allows you to enter sharp turns at speed, not turning over, but confidently processing the wave. More such ridges on the back of the case Promotes Excellent Stability and Lesser Education spray when performing maneuvers. If you want to not just ride in the water area, and it’s safe to hike, then choose this boat.
- enlarged nose locker;
- on the front cover of the locker can fit just two Passenger
- comfortable deck with a slight rise in the bow;
- the transom is reinforced with two “scarves”.
- high price;
- weight 265 kg;
- not the most dense PVC 1050 g / m².
Baltic Boats Apollo RIB 460
Among the large RIB stands out “Apollo 460”, which has dimensions of 460×207 cm. It has a single cylinder with 470 mm in diameter, divided into three compartments. Vessel capacity is 780 kg, and a maximum motor power of 30 is recommended h.p. The hard bottom is made of fiberglass and the density is PVC reaches 1100 g / m². In the reviews, the fishermen like what’s in the kit two aluminum paddles are supplied with the possibility of fixing on on the sides, as well as oarlocks, to make it easier to row and quickly free your hands if necessary. Passenger Accommodation carried out on hard seats without backs.
This RIB is the best in terms of weight and capacity, and therefore more suitable for fishing company. She has no speakers parts in the form of a console or arcs – the design consists only of cylinder and flat bottom. All this allowed to reduce the weight of the boat to 128 kg, with a spacious cockpit for 6 people. Boat easy transport to a place and launch. On deck two lockers are provided, allowing you to take everything with you necessary and lay so that it does not interfere with the passage.
- the front handle makes it easy to pull the boat ashore;
- two aluminum oars are fixed on the sides;
- securing a safety rope is provided;
- oarlocks to make it easier to work with oars.
- there is no control rack;
- seats without backs;
- The cylinder consists of 3 air compartments.
Admiral RIB 410 (with console)
Completes this category of large boats model “Admiral 410” with console, which increases ease of use. True, there is no panel speedometer and other devices, and only the helm is pulled out and gas reverse lever. RIB is available with a length of 4100 mm and a width of 1800 mm A cylinder with a diameter of 45 cm is divided into 5 isolated parts. RIB capacity is 700 kg. In reviews, owners satisfied with the convenient location of the fuel tank (under the rear seat), which simplifies the fueling process. More buyers note the presence of amplification on the kilson and transom, which increases operational strength of these elements.
We considered the boat the best due to quality workmanship. The cross section of the hard bottom along the keel line reaches 8 mm. Bottom consists fiberglass treated with polyester resin spun in shape layer by layer. This provides a low weight of 130 kg and increased resistance to shock against stones or ice. Another manufacturer uses gels and pastes for gluing only from French companies Polynt and Evromere, which also affects increased tightness corps.
- convenient location of the fuel tank;
- two oars included;
- anchor eye ring;
- locker with a lock in front.
- safety cables are not available in the console area;
- no rear luggage compartment;
- seats without backs.
Best small rib boats
Small RIBs are available with a capacity of 2-5 people and designed for the carriage of cargo 200-650 kg. This is the best option. for fishing or hunting by a small company, as well as tourism and doing sports.
Raider Marine RM-380
In the first place in the category is a boat with dimensions 3800×1800 mm, made with longitudinal and transverse ribs, which increases body rigidity. Due to this, the load on the weight of users and baggage is distributed over the entire area of the bottom and does not create distortions or deformations that the owners like in the reviews. Keel and transom the sheet is made of aluminum with a thickness of 6 mm. Landing banks in the number of two units can be rearranged on rails depending from user needs.
The advantage of the boat is a double bottom, allowing use the “basement” space to organize lockers, so as not to take up space on the stern or in the bow. Thanks this decision turned out to make the size of the cockpit 3×1 m with common dimensions of the vessel 3.8×1.8 m. This allows you to take equipment and 4 people without much cluttering the deck. One more a feature is the aluminum bottom with a cross section of 3 mm, which harder to damage than fiberglass. We recommend this RIB for fishing in especially difficult conditions.
- transom thickness is 8 mm;
- weight is only 100 kg;
- there is already a stainless steel frame (targa) in the back;
- quickly rearranged seats.
- poorly heading for speed;
- no handle to pull the boat ashore.
Veles (Stel) R-375 Elen
But the RIB with dimensions of 375×170 cm, in which it saves up 2700×830 mm. Unsinkability provides a cylinder with a diameter of 440 mm, consisting of three compartments separated by airtight partitions. RIB holds 5 people and total load capacity reaches 650 kg. The manufacturer recommends using with motors with power up to 30 hp RIB has an anchor eye and a “fungus” for mooring. An additional handle is provided on the front for pulling the boat ashore. At the back there is a steel bracket for towing a banana, cheesecake or a water skier. On the bottle there is an oar mount. Banks are in a free location and they can be rearranged according to needs user.
A feature of the boat is the variable pitching of the bottom. On the transom, it has an angle of 12º, which ensures minimal resistance to drift and speed. Midshiping midships is 18 degrees, making it easier to enter turns and course sustainability. Such a combination provides a sufficient rib maneuverability and fuel economy, as well as stability on waves.
- there is a bleed valve;
- reinforced keel;
- additional handles for passengers;
- the boat itself weighs 80 kg.
- less dense PVC 1100 g / m²;
- sometimes cans can be easily knocked down.
WINboat specializes in hard bottom inflatable boats fiberglass, where the largest model is the 375R. Ship has dimensions 3750×2750 mm and accommodates 5 people. Carrying capacity is 600 kg. Recommended engine power for placement on transom from 15 to 25 hp The variable is used in the design pitching, but with a smaller takeoff – 12-16 degrees. Weighs ri only 68 kg, so you can lower it into the water by two users. The product is available in six color options from plain blue, gray or green, to various combinations of these flowers. The deck is finished with moisture resistant plywood with a cross section of 9 mm.
Although the manufacturer issues a guarantee for it for a period of 4 years, reviews owners praise RIB for endurance. Some she serves for 10 years with regular use on fishing, but the bottom only has small chips in several places. We recommend this RIB as the best combination of price and reliability among small models.
- safety ropes throughout the container;
- there is a mount for drying oars;
- hinges for keeping oars in working position;
- reinforced transom.
- padded seats are sold separately;
- it is inconvenient to walk on a stepped bottom;
- The nose gear is not included in the basic package.
Veles (Stel) R-360 lite
This RIB is much less than the above – its length is 3600 mm, and the width is only 1650 mm. Therefore, it weighs 43 kg, which allows launch it into the water by the efforts of even one person. In construction PVC bottle with a density of 1100 g / m² and a diameter of 41 cm is included. The air circuit is divided into three separate compartments. The floor is made from fiberglass. The maximum load capacity is 360 kg. Reviews show that such a boat can be quickly brought to planing even with a low-power motor, where the manufacturer recommends an indicator up to 10 hp Included with the product two oars and cans with free installation.
This boat leads the category in capacity. Being shorter analogues for 150-200 mm, it can accommodate as many passengers as and other participants – 5 people. This is the best option for the ratio of compactness and the ability to transport five at once person.
- reliable fixation of oars;
- two handles at the back and one at the front to pull the ship onto Coast;
- light weight 43 kg;
- pump for inflating the cylinder.
- there are no safety cables in the area of the front can;
- some have a fairly quick balloon release.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.