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 for all-round use, including fishing, diving and waterskiing, and capable of being launched straight off the beach or from a boat ramp.

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