Highfield RIBs: Everything you need to know

Launched in 2011 as a manufacturer of RIBs characterised by their strength and performance, Highfield is now the world’s No 1 producer of RIBs under 5m and a major player in the market for larger leisure and commercial craft.As with all Highfield RIBs the Sport 520 boasts a light but sturdy aluminium hull.The secret of Highfield’s success is using aluminium rather than GRP for its hulls. Not only does this make them stronger and lighter, it is also more easily recycled. Designed to be dry, stable and rugged, Highfield RIBs are deliberately over-engineered but thanks to an efficient production facility in China with European management, prices remain […] This article Highfield RIBs: Everything you need to know appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Highfield RIBs: Everything you need to know

Launched in 2011 as a manufacturer of RIBs characterised by their strength and performance, Highfield is now the world’s No 1 producer of RIBs under 5m and a major player in the market for larger leisure and commercial craft.

As with all Highfield RIBs the Sport 520 boasts a light but sturdy aluminium hull.

The secret of Highfield’s success is using aluminium rather than GRP for its hulls. Not only does this make them stronger and lighter, it is also more easily recycled.

Designed to be dry, stable and rugged, Highfield RIBs are deliberately over-engineered but thanks to an efficient production facility in China with European management, prices remain very keen.

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The Highfield RIBs range

Highfield offers an exceptionally broad range, from a 2.4m mini-RIB up to an 8.6m offshore beast.

The 32 different models are divided into four series: Ultralite, Classic, Sport and Patrol.

The Ultralite and Classic ranges make ideal tenders as well as affordable starter RIBs, being tough, light and very practical.

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The Highfield Sport 330 is a tough little tender.

The Patrol range is built for heavy duty use by clubs and commercial operators as well as serious offshore adventurers.

However, it’s the new Sport range that has really been making waves.

Offering all the style, comfort and luxury of a high-end cruising RIB but with a razor sharp deep-vee hull for serious offshore performance, it aims to deliver the best of both worlds.

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Our pick

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The Sport 800 offers comfort, style and performance.

The Highfield Sport 800 is the standout model in the range.

Boasting a brand new stepped hull with a 26-degree deadrise angle by Norwegian performance boat designer Petter Martens, it is a real wave weapon.

These impressive offshore credentials are paired with a stylish and well thought out cockpit with sociable seating that converts to a sunbed and a classy helm console with a heads compartment.

Add the optional sink and fridge unit and the SP800 will be just as happy swinging at anchor in a picturesque bay as it is slicing through a swell at 40 knots.

Highfield Sport 800 specification

LOA: 26ft 7in (8.11m)
Beam: 9ft 8in (2.94m)
Engine: Single 250-300hp outboard
Top speed: 45 knots
Price from: £80,000 inc VAT

UK dealer: Highfield Boats
Tel: +44 (0)8445 581342
Builder web: Highfieldboats.com

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Developed by award-winning Swedish designer Håkan Södergren, Agapi offers a supremely versatile take on the modern leisure RIB.Integrated cabins and convertible furniture enable Agapi RIBs to sleep several people overnight, and their modest size and weight means they can be stored securely and towed to fresh cruising grounds. The Agapi RIBs range Both boats in the Agapi fleet have been shortlisted for international awards. While the flagship Agapi 950 offers 54-knot performance, […] This article Agapi RIBs: Everything you need to know appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

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Developed by award-winning Swedish designer Håkan Södergren, Agapi offers a supremely versatile take on the modern leisure RIB.

Integrated cabins and convertible furniture enable Agapi RIBs to sleep several people overnight, and their modest size and weight means they can be stored securely and towed to fresh cruising grounds.

The Agapi RIBs range

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The Agapi 800 (pictured above) is one of the most versatile compact cruising RIBs in the world. In addition to day space for ten, this beautifully arranged RIB can sleep two people in the forward cabin, plus a further two under canvas at the convertible dining station.

Other options include a carbon-fibre T-top, a mini galley beneath the helm, and a 300hp outboard for 50-knot performance.

Agapi 800 specification

LOA: 25ft 6in (7.8m)
Beam: 8ft 4in (2.55m)
Engine: 200-300hp outboard
Top speed: 50 knots
Price from: £87,000 (inc. VAT)

UK dealer: Williams Marine & Watersports Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)7507 466006
Web: williamsmarineandwatersports.com

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