Highfield Boats Launches Aluminum Sport 900 RIB
Highfield Boats, a leading manufacturer of aluminum rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) and tenders, continues to push the limits of technology and luxury of its RIB range with the launch of the all-new Sport 900. The boat is capable of 60-mph performance, according to the builder, and offers luxury touches rarely found on a RIB including a Vitrifrigo refrigerator, Sunbrella top, kitchenette and shower kit. The boat, which is an ideal tender, is designed to provide comfort and performance in rough sea conditions.
Largest RIB Model
At 29’ 11” (9.12 meters), Highfield’s Sport 900 now tops the company’s Sport range of leisure boats, ahead of the Sport 800, launched last year, and the Patrol 860 in Highfield’s rugged commercial RIB range.
“In the past five years, we have seen the market for larger offshore-capable RIBS grow as superyachts continue to get larger, outboard-powered day boats soared in popularity, and customer demands have continued to evolve,” said Tom Watson, general manager of Highfield Boats USA. “That is why Highfield keeps pushing the boundaries of its high-end RIB offerings.”
With the addition of the Sport 900, Highfield Boats offers a complete lineup of tenders from 6 1/2 to 28 feet. Highfield’s RIBS feature powder-coated aluminum hulls, can trace their design heritage to the Australian line of Swift Boats. Developed to handle the tough conditions found along the Great Barrier Reef, Swift rigid-hull inflatable boats are renowned for their durability and performance.
Highfield builds its boats in located in Weihai, China. Under European management, the facility covers more than 100,000 square feet, employs 200 staff and has adopted the latest technologies for its products.
Easy Tow, Launch
The SP900 has a hull deadrise angle of 26 degrees that provides comfort and performance in rough sea conditions. Like all the RIBs in the Highfield Sport range, which starts at 9’ 8”, the new Sport 900 model is easy to tow, launch and recover due to its light weight and integrated davit lifting eyes. The Sport 900 is built to be tough and will not delaminate or absorb water over time, so it will retain the same agile performance in 10 years’ time as on its first day afloat.
The Sport 900 features EVA teak throughout, integrated fuel tanks, upscale diamond-stitched upholstery and a swim platform, so each day on board will be enjoyed to the maximum. Luxury touches also include a Vitrifrigo refrigerator, sunbrella top, kitchenette and shower kit. The onboard gathering spaces are further enhanced by the integrated rear seat with cushion, bow and stern sundeck, and rear table.
Highfield Boats says that it has worked with the world’s highest-quality component providers to create a superior list of standard features on board the Sport 900. Its tubes are formed from ORCA Hypalon, and the hull is of constructed of high-tensile chromated and powder-coated aluminum with flush-mount non-return valves and a self-draining deck. Thanks to Highfield’s aluminum hull, there is no need to worry about gelcoat chips when putting the boat on a beach or trailer.
The new Highfield Sport 900 will debut in the U.S. market in the fall of 2022. Click here for more information.