Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT has introduced the newest and largest model in its model line, the 41’ RIBCRAFT 12.5, with the recent delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T Certified tour boat to a customer in New England.
Engineered as an offshore platform for tour operators, security and patrol operations, military applications and even recreational boaters, the 12.5 combines RIBCRAFT’s deep V hull and bow sheer with an extended waterline and generous beam. Designed for offshore passages and operations requiring large crew and payload capacities, this flagship model offers incredible flexibility.
Powered by triple 350HP Mercury Verado outboards, the RIBCRAFT 12.5 reaches speeds in excess of 50 mph while still providing the responsive and agile handling customers have come to expect from a RIBCRAFT. The 12.5 is also available with twin inboard diesel I/O or water jets. With an optional thruster, the 12.5 delivers excellent tight quarter maneuverability.
The most recent 12.5, configured for passenger-for-hire operations, was built to U.S. Coast Guard Sub Chapter T standards for passenger vessels. Delivered to a tour company in New England, the boat will run whale watching expeditions, sightseeing tours and thrill rides. The new 41’ USCG certified vessel can accommodate up to 34 guests through the combination of 29 jockey-style pod seats and a large aft bench. Outfitted for adventure tours, this RIBCRAFT
12.5 features an eye catching heavy duty yellow Hypalon tube, extended canopy top with an integrated swim ladder, bow thruster and a marine head.
“This new model really fills a void in our lineup. The tour industry is all about numbers so getting more paying customers into larger performance RIBs is what this is all about,” said Brian Gray
, President of RIBCRAFT. “We were delighted with the performance and stability of the boat even at full load. She certainly met all our expectations.”
The all new RIBCRAFT 12.5 is available in multiple configurations to suit both commercial and recreational customers, as a USCG Inspected vessel with passenger seating, an open center console layout for commercial diving and sailing support, or a fully enclosed cabin for all weather protection and overnight accommodations.