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Front Street Shipyard Building Tough New Sea Blade X with Revolutionary Hull

This wicked-looking 36-foot center console with a revolutionary hull design is now under construction at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine. The new SBX36, hull number one of the new Sea Blade X line from Navatek Ltd. of Honolulu, will be ready for sea trials in the spring. The Sea Blade X hull is built of fiberglass with a foam core; the boat has a T-Top and an inflatable Hypalon perimeter tube. The stepped V bottom hull, with outer sponsons for stability, was originally designed for the military, and is being used by law enforcement in Hawaii. The boat…

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Williams Re-Launches Two New Powerful Turbojet Tenders at Cannes Show

Williams Jet Tenders is re-launching two of its popular Turbojet tenders at the Cannes Yachting Festival starting Sept. 11, and it also will introduce its new high-performance Sportjet 435. The Turbojet 285 and 325 have been two of Williams’ best-selling models since they were first launched in 2005. They have been tweaked over the years, but now they’ve been given new, more powerful engines, a new tube profile and some new upscale upholstery for a more modern look. The 285 (pictured above) is 9’ 6” LOA and is designed for yachts from 39 to 52 feet. The 325 is a…

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Zodiac Launches New 17’7″ RIB, the “SUV of the Sea”

Zodiac just launched its new Open 5.5 RIB, which it calls the SUV of the sea, at a big open house in Crouesty, France. The new Open is 17’ 7” long and can hold 12 passengers; it replaces Zodiac’s popular Pro Open 550 with a more modern design, a new V-shaped hull for cruising, and a T-top to provide protection from the weather. The new Open 5.5 has a high tow bar for watersports, a Fusion stereo, a rear platform for diving, a 14-gallon cooler, a swim ladder, and stern seats with removable back rests for easy access to the…

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Walker Bay Launches New 10′ 8″ RIB that Seats Five and Costs Just $14,500 with 20-hp Outboard

Walker Bay has just launched a new 10’ 8” RIB with a console that holds five passengers and costs just $14,500 with a 20-hp outboard. And the new Walker Bay Supertender 325 Deluxe Console RIB is a lightweight, coming in at just 259 pounds. “We feel this is the best lightweight console tender in its class,” says Michael Carroll, Walker Bay’s director of sales and marketing, “in that it offers superior comfort, unmatched luxurious features and exceptional performance for a boat this size.” The 325 hull has a sharp entry that flattens out aft and a hard chine that grips…

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Time to Rethink Your Dink: Get Up Close and Personal to Bears, Whales and Icebergs with a Good, Fast RIB

Here’s a great story that might make you think again about your dinghy. It can be much more than simply a means of getting ashore for provisions or dinner once you’ve dropped the hook after a long day of cruising. Instead, think of it as a vehicle for exploring places you’d never take your big boat, for poking around coves and inlets and shallows without worrying about getting stuck or running aground. A good, fast dinghy, according to these three authors, opens up a sense of adventure; it gets you closer to the environment, not to mention, bears, whales and…

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New Protector 33 Has Custom Fully Enclosed Cabin for All-Year Use

Here’s a new Protector Targa 33 customized by previous owners who wanted a completely enclosed cabin, more deck space for entertaining and additional waterline for a smooth ride. The new cabin makes the Protector a truly all-weather boat for year-round boating. Protectors are tough, sturdy and fast RIBs that are built to handle most sea conditions safely and comfortably. The basic design includes a large anchor locker, a luxury aft bench seat, shock-mitigating captains’ chairs, and a large aft deck for diving gear or water toys. The dash is built to hold large electronic displays and the steering wheel is…

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New Walker Bay 325 Light Console RIB Holds 5 Passengers, Provides Dry Ride

Here’s a small, lightweight RIB that can hold up to five passengers and that promises a comfortable, fun and dry ride even in a chop. The new Walker Bay Supertender 325 Light Console is 10’ 8” long and weighs just 244 pounds and has a deep-V fiberglass hull for performance. Its hard chines provide traction in turns, and its wide bow is designed to block spray so you’ll have a dry ride in most conditions. The center console has room for a 7” screen; it also has a stainless-steel helm and handrail, two cupholders and padding on the port side…

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New Greek-Made TECHNOHULL 23-Foot RIB Tops Out at 50 Knots

TECHNOHULL, the Greek yard that’s been making high-performance RIBs since 2005, has just introduced a new T688 model, it’s smallest yet at 23’ 6”. Powered by a 250-hp outboard, the new RIB tops out at 50 knots, and can be used as a tender to a larger boat or as a fun sportboat in its own right. The T688 is designed with a center console with an optional T-top; the passageways mean you can walk from bow to stern on either side. The driver and a guest sit in two wrap-around, shock-absorbing seats, while another seat is built into the…

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Avon Launches New All-Electric RIB with Luxurious Touches and a 26-knot Top End

Avon has a great idea for its new RIB: It’s all-electric, powered by an 80-hp Torqueedo Deep Blue Electric Motor paired to jet drives on an all-new hull. For cruisers who might want to use the new 14’ 8” RIB as a dink, this they won’t have to worry about fuel or oil – or making any noise in the harbor, for that matter. The new Avon e-JET has a 32 kWh BMW battery, the same one used in BMW’s i3 Cars. It gives the e-JET up to 90 minutes of running time at a top speed of 26 knots…

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Argos Nautic to Launch New 11-foot Semi-Custom RIB at Miami Yacht Show

Argos Nautic will unveil its new 11-foot semi-custom tender called the 330 JET at the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue starting Feb. 15. Powered by a Textron 850 MPE intercooled, turbocharged, four-stroke engine, the new RIB tops out at 48 mph. The new 11-footer is the smallest of the Miami-based company’s three models, which go up to 13’ 6.”  With a beam of 5’ 8” and weighing only 750 pounds fully rigged, the 330 JET is designed to fit into many cruising boats’ garages. It has a built-in, 10-gallon fuel tank, and lots of storage for luggage, coolers and…

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