High performance AB Inflatables at PSP
Southampton Boat Show
AB Inflatables, distributed in the UK
by E. P. Barrus Ltd will have a number of new models that will be
making their debut at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
AB Inflatables, a division of the AB Marine
Group based in Columbia are world renowned manufacturers of
inflatable boats for both the leisure and professional markets.
Their innovative design and superior construction make them the
most prestigious and sought after inflatables on the market. From
practical, small lightweight tenders to beautifully crafted, luxury
console tenders there is something to suit all customer
All AB hulls are constructed from either
double-moulded, hand-laid fibreglass, or high quality marine grade
aluminium. The unique forward hull design creates a raised bow and
deep V hull which enhances the performance of every AB model
enabling them to plane more easily with less horsepower. They will
cut through wakes and chop, virtually eliminating spray providing a
smoother, more stable, drier ride. Inside the boat, this design
extends the floors forward and creates a wider and longer bow. The
result is a roomier, more comfortable craft with ample storage for
kit and provisions.
The tubes are constructed from a 5-ply Orca
Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene (CSM) coated fabric that is
specifically manufactured to resist scratches and UV damage, while
retaining its remarkable durability. This fabric is so superior
that it carries a ten-year limited warranty, the longest available
in the industry. AB inflatable tubes have a large diameter that
improves safety and seaworthiness, increases payload capabilities
and helps to ensure a dry and comfortable ride. Every AB tube,
except the 8 & 9UL, features a minimum of three air chambers.
They are divided by a special baffle system that equalises the
pressure in all chambers. In addition, each AB model has tubes that
are individually proportioned to complement the hull
The Oceanus 28 VST, the largest of the Oceanus
series of fibreglass console RIBs, will take centre stage on the
stand at Southampton. These extremely seaworthy, high-performance,
rigid inflatables, were originally designed for the Italian Coast
Guard. The spacious interior, impressive manoeuvrability and sporty
design, make the Oceanus boats an ideal choice for professionals
and cruisers who depend on serious performance and comfort.
The 15 DLX, one of the models from AB’s
Nautilus premier line of luxury tenders, will also be making its
debut on the stand at Southampton. Every Nautilus model is
meticulously hand crafted using only the finest materials, and is
well-appointed and feature packed.
“AB Inflatables are built to an exceptionally
high standard using only the finest materials. The precision
design and craftsmanship ensures that AB customers will always
enjoy the best possible functionality and comfort available. Their
robust and durable construction also makes these craft an ideal
working performance RIB for numerous commercial and military
applications”, comments Ian Nuttall, General Manager, Marine
Division, E. P. Barrus Ltd.
Barrus have four stands at PSP Southampton
Boat Show representing their full range of marine products
including Mariner and Mercury outboards, SunSport inflatable boat
and engine packages, Yanmar and Mercury inboard engines and
Quicksilver rigid boats.