Find your perfect RIB – from outboard to electric – at the Southampton International Boat Show

Taking place from 10-19 September, the Southampton International Boat Show sees all types of exciting and innovative feature-packed Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS) and the roaring engines to accompany them. With something to suit everyone and every type of thrill, spill, splash and dash – and not all needing a lot of cash!

The Barrus stand with be packed with Mariner outboards, Yanmar inboard diesel engines, and inflatable boats, with Barrus Marine Equipment stand showcasing an extensive range of premium brands for every area of the boat.

Barrus will also be revealing the 1st Mate Safety and Security System, the world’s first engine-integrated man overboard and proximity-based theft-deterrent system. This wearable technology, suitable for up to 8 people, turns the engine off or sounds an alarm during a man overboard event (MOB), and can send notifications to emergency contacts.

Zodiac Nautic’s renewed product range will also be on show, as the Barrus and Zodiac partnership continues using Barrus’s logistical expertise and dealer network.  

BHG Marine will be boasting its largest stand ever at the show, displaying multiple brands and products from aluminium boats to yacht tenders, petrol and electric propulsion motors, commercial safety boats from Gemini and Rigiflex, sports RIBs, aluminium fishing boats and Hurley davit systems.

RIB Shack will be displaying the high spec 8.11m Ribeye A811 with Yamaha 300hp engine with four shock mitigation seats, perfect for everything from waterski’ing with friends to a family day out. For all-weather boating, the Axopar 28 and Axopar 37 XC cross cabin RIBS demonstrate the functionality, ease of movement, and versatility of a walk-around centre console craft with spacious, fully enclosed weather proofed cabin.  Colin Vines, Director of RIB Shack Marine says SIBS is a very important show and invaluable as a way to enable visitors to find out about the company’s unique shared boat ownership scheme. 

The stunning Axopar 37

Powered by the 90hp BRP Rotax Ace 903 engine, with max speeds of up to 46 mph, the Williams Jet Tenders range – including the MiniJet 280, TurboJet 285, SportJet 345 and SportJet 395 will be on display on their stand, and on yachts throughout the show. 

Wills Marine will have nine models of Grand RIBS on show, ranging from the Silver Line 330 (3.3m) to the top of the range Grand Drive 600 Lux, a 6.12m RIB fully equipped with Garmin GPS chartplotters, Fusion Marine Stereos, and Scanstrut Rokk Wireless Active fitted to the dashboard.  Its smaller sister, the Grand Line 500 (4.95m) will be revealing for the very first time, and never seen before at Southampton International Boat Show, the Yamaha 115VMAX SHO engine.  A must-see for outboard engine enthusiasts!

You won’t get caught short with the selection of RIBS from the ZAR Formenti and Zar mini ranges at the show including, for the first time in the UK, the ZAR 79SL Plus – an 8m luxury family RIB, fitted with Suzuki DF300B dual propeller outboard and added advantage of luxuriously appointed toilet compartment within the console!  Also on show will be lightweight aluminium RIBS in the ZAR mini range, including the latest LUX Rider models, new for 2021. 

And for those who want to switch to environmentally friendly boating, the world’s first electric RIB with fully integrated electric drive, the Pulse 63 from RS Electric Boats is sure to be a highlight of the show.  With zero emissions, no unpleasant fumes and no risk of oil spills, the Pulse 63 promotes clean boating.  Extremely quiet with minimal wake for discrete operations and a comfortable ride, the Pulse 63 electric RIB is also built using sustainable and recycled materials and constructed on British soil to reduce shipping miles.   

“We are really looking forward to presenting our Pulse 63 electric RIB at the Southampton International Boat Show. With zero emissions propulsion, the Pulse 63 is a unique alternative to traditional combustion engine RIBs and we expect it to appeal to a wide range of users including marine-based organisations, sailing schools, superyacht crews and leisure boaters. We hope to inspire visitors to the show to rethink how they work and play on the water and consider switching to a greener solution,” 

Jon Partridge, Commercial CEO, RS Electric Boats.  
Pulse 63 Electric RIB from RS Boats

As momentum and excitement builds for the show, now is the time to register for all the show news and be the first to know when tickets go on sale.

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