Wed, Jul 19, 2017

New RIB ‘set to shake up market’

The new 50-foot Chaser RIB is set to revolutionise the market for premium multipurpose rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), according to its Dutch builder.

With a potent hull designed by Brett Bakewell and a stunning exterior and interior design from the boards of Guido de Groot, the Chaser is built by the experienced craftsmen at Vanquish Yachts in the Netherlands. 

Exuding luxury and blessed with an exceptional performance on the water, these all-aluminium RIBs can be customised to an unprecedented degree for all kinds of uses.

Based in the Netherlands and drawing on a rich tradition of innovative boatbuilding, Chaser Yachts is the only company in this niche of the market to offer RIBS entirely in aluminium. This means every aspect of the Chaser RIB can be fully customised, from the layout and equipment to the colours, fabrics and materials, the company says.

The Chaser RIB has a great deal of seating and reclining space for between 15 and 20 people to kick back in comfort, and its spacious deck layout optimises freedom of movement.

Extensive amenities on deck, such as a booming sound system and a large outdoor galley with a 20-bottle fridge, icemaker and freezer ensure that guests are very well catered for.

Moreover, the Chaser is designed in a way that ensures its passengers stay dry no matter what the ambient weather, and features a hardtop and optional bimini which provide protection against the sun when required. Below deck the striking interior comprises a settee which converts into a double berth as well as a bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet.

Triple 400 hp Mercury Verado outboard engines ensure that the RIB accelerates with tremendous force. A range of 600 miles/1,000 km makes the Chaser ideal for a wide variety of long and short trips, while a top speed of 55+ knots allows for quick and easy excursions: an outing from Miami to Key West need take no more than 2 hours and 30 minutes, while Ibiza can be reached from Mallorca in just 30 minutes. The Chaser’s rapid acceleration and excellent manoeuvrability also make it the ideal craft for all kinds of watersports, from water skiing to paragliding or wakeboarding. And it is very well suited for use as a superyacht tender.

The aluminium construction means the RIB is maintenance-free and highly rigid, guaranteeing safety and comfort even at serious speeds. Despite the quality of design, luxurious materials and first-class ambience on board, the Chaser is very robust and can easily withstand the occasional bump.

“The Chaser RIB’s dynamic design exudes power and speed even when immobile. Its power, comfort and versatility mean that it occupies a truly special niche in the market – and looks great in any marina or accompanying any yacht. Whether used for romantic crossings, island hopping, or big off-shore parties, the Chaser is a game changer,” a company spokesman concludes.


Length: 50 ft (15.3 m)
Draught: 2 ft (0.62 m)
Beam: 15 ft (4.56 m)
Weight: 15,400 lbs (7000 kg) (empty)
Fuel capacity: 700 US gal. (2650 l)
Water tank capacity: 40 US gal (150 l)
Waste tank capacity: 10.5 US gal (40 l)
Engines: 3x Mercury Verado 400R Outboard
Maximum speed: 55+ knots
Cruising speed: 40+ knots
Fuel consumption @cruising speed: 40 US gal/h (150 l/h)
Range @cruising speed 600 nm

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