Argos Nautic will launch its new 396 Yachting RIB at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, starting Oct. 30, and the semi-custom Florida-built tender has room for six adults in its 13-feet, 6-inch hull. The new Argos Nautic is remarkable not only for the number of passengers it can carry in comfort, but also for the number of options that are available for a new owner.
Argos Nautic, founded in 2009, builds upscale RIBs as tenders, or sportboats, in a variety of colors, patterns and textures. The new 396 Yachting weighs 925 pounds, so it can be carried on the davit of a mid-sized cruising boat, and the owner can choose the color or accessories to match those on his larger yacht.
Designed by Patrizio Facheris, the Argos Nautic 396 Yachting has an Italian heritage but it is made at the company’s new factory in Miami Gardens, Florida. It has hand-laid lamination, premium composite materials and yacht-quality European accessories.
The 396 can be powered by a 50-, 60- or 70-hp outboard, with a possible top speed of 42 mph. Its distinctive hull shape provides a comfortable, dry ride, with sportscar-like handling.
The boat has a helm console on the starboard side and a walk-through on the port side, with an aft-facing seat in the bow. A footrest at the helm makes driving easy, and the RIB has a teak sole. Additional seating at the front of the helm and to the left of the console can provide room for six adults.
Grab rails all around make boarding and riding safe and easy. And the hull sides are built so they won’t leave a scratch on the mothership, or anywhere else, for that matter.
The Argos Nautic 396 has a base price of $35,000.
Specs.: LOA: 13’6”; Beam: 6’9”; Disp.: 925 pounds; Fuel: 16 gals.; Power: 1×50-, 60- or 70-hp outboard.