RIB Built Tough!

This custom Cormorant 500 was built for Bayswater Marina by Southern Pacific as a real workhorse. Like an SUV for the harbour, this RIB is going to be put through towing, piloting and security missions on a daily basis. To weather the elements it features - Double rub strip (belting) - 316 Stainless Sampson Posts fore & aft - Suzuki DF60 with Lean Burn and smart Digital Gauges - New Fell Marine MOB+ Wireless Cut Off Switch Yet, it weighs in at less than 400kg! This boat will receive daily use (and probably…continue reading →
Don Wright joins Southern Pacific Inflatables as Production Supervisor

Don Wright joins Southern Pacific Inflatables as Production Supervisor

Kiwi Yachting welcomes on board Don Wright to the in the role of PVC Production Supervisor to the Southern Pacific Inflatables team. Southern Pacific has experienced a period of growth over the last year since acquisition by Kiwi Yachting Consultants. Partnerships with OEM manufacturers have seen a rise in demand for bigger Hypalon tubes. New designs, colours and branding in the smaller tenders have also bolstered growth. Don’s extensive marine experience places him well to supervise manufacturing at Southern Pacific’s West Auckland plant. Don (aka Jawsie, Jaws ) sailed with Company Director Richard Macalister on…continue reading →
Dean’s new RIB gets Glowing Review in Trade-a-Boat

Dean’s new RIB gets Glowing Review in Trade-a-Boat

Two decades on, Southern Pacific Inflatables are a best-selling RIB brand. We jumped at the chance to review one of its larger RIBS, the Cormorant 550. Although Southern Pacific Inflatables (SPI) has an existing 5m fibreglass-hulled RIB design, it wanted something with a broader beam and extra length but without the weight premium of fibreglass. The builder therefore commissioned a brand-new design made of aluminium, engaging Dibley Marine to develop the hull. The brief was for durability, weight reduction and a dry, stable ride with stability at rest. The resulting boat is intended…continue reading →