Reviews

Press reviews

This piece of kit genuinely does it all. It’s a RIB that folds up. The design is simple – and brilliant….Ours is folded and lashed to the deck just in front of the mast. It takes about five minutes to unpack and inflate, using a 240V pump run off the inverter, and then we are off and running.
Verdict – One of the best bits of kit we’ve bought Bruce Jacobs, Rubicon 3 Adventures for Yachting World

Yachting Monthly Foldable RIB test

F-RIB 360 – first impressions

Inflatable boats have many flaws, as a rule, yet for those with limited space to keep a tender ashore, or on board, they serve their purpose. However the F-RIB range of folding RIBs allows the space-saving owner to enjoy the portability of an inflatable with much better performance on the water.

The F-RIB 360 packs down to a metre square, half a metre deep, and weighs in at 48kg, which is not an easy load to carry single-handed, but compares very favourably with similar one-piece RIBs. The hull is held together with two finger-tightened bolts and with a 15hp on the stern, speeds of up to 24 knots singlehanded should be possible.

Set-up should only take five minutes and there is a full-length video on the F-RIB website to demonstrate. The F-RIB 360 costs £2,500, which is more than double the price of a comparable single-piece SIB, however the benefits are plain to see: easier storage, extra speed, reduced weight and a four-year warranty.
Alex Smith, Boats.com

The F-RIBs collection comprises a range of solid bottomed RIBs and they range in size from 2.75m to 4.60m.

Their common design feature is that they fold into three parts to produce a compact, portable mass that can be bundled into a lazarette or the back of a car.

For example, the 275 folds down to a boot-sized 900mm x 850mm x 400mm.

Compared with a simple inflatable, their prize-winning feature is their hard bottom, because even the very best inflatables cannot compete with their rigid-hulled counterparts when it comes to handling, performance and practicality.

Several things impressed me when I got my hands on one. F-RIB’s build quality is remarkably good when you consider their price – as little as £2,216 for the 275, and only rising to £3,274 for the 4.60m long 460RF.

Simple bolts, hefty locating lugs, plus the pressure in the tubes lock the three sections firmly into place.

F-RIB folded

Yet despite their obvious strength and rigidity they are remarkably light, ranging from 36kg for the 275 to 72kg for the 460RF, so even the biggest could be manhandled by a strong individual, or two punier types.

Their rigidity gives them the speed that most floppy inflatables would struggle to match, e.g. 15 knots with a 5hp outboard on the 330, and 21 knots with a 15hp on the 460.

They are also impressively deep, between 450mm (18in) and 550mm (22in) from the floor to the top of the tubes, which will make them feel safe under way.

If your lazarette has a 1,400mm x 1,100mm x 450mm space to spare, the 460is a gem; you get a highly versatile tender that can whizz along at 24 knots with a 20hp outboard.

David Marsh, Motorboat & Yachting
These folding RIBs make excellent tenders as well as good all-round dinghies. They’re tough, quick, stable and fold down into a small enough package to stow in a cockpit locker. Duncan Kent, Yachting Monthly


 

Customer reviews

This is the best inflatable I have ever owned. I have now used it extensively and have found it incredibly seaworthy.

From being caught in the bay with un-forecasted 2-3 ft windwaves in 26 kt winds to crossing to islands with camping gear to carrying scubadiving gear to fishing or spearfishing with friends.

Nothing beats the ability to put this RIB in my trunk and engine in the middle seat, and have a boat capable of carrying 1-3 people in rough conditions.

The lightness of the boat makes it able to be powered by incredibly small engines with high fuel economy. My seat snapped and it was replaced under warranty no questions asked.

If anything ever happened to my RIB, I would re-order from Steve in a heartbeat. Thank you for selling such a fantastic boat and making it available in the United States so that those who live here are able to enjoy it.A. Meruelo, November 2019

My wife and I love our FRIB 275.

The other members at our club are astonished and envious when we unpack it, inflate and are on the water in minutes.
When we say we have a tender on board people search up and down before saying “where?” We point to the bag on the command bridge, they don’t believe it and they want us to deploy the FRIB to prove it.

We are getting quite fast at the routine of deploying it LOL.John Brewer, July 2018

I bought this same FRIB as Phil Roberts and I am absolutely delighted with it.

The folk at F-Rib could not have been more helpful with them giving up their time to help me with set up. I had a problem with my Parsun 15 two stroke with water coming over the transom which was solved by putting an inch high piece of wood on top of the transom. The boat now jumps up onto the plane with no spray coming into the boat.

As Phil says the boat is easy for one person to handle and is so much better than an inflatable both in performance and getting onto the water. Thanks again.
Neil, August 2015

Just wanted to say thanks for your excellent service on Friday.
We took the boat out on Saturday, 5 up and had a great day on the River Medway.

The Suzuki 15 started first pull and ran perfectly.
We got the boat on the plane once at the end of the day just to try it. 5 up and no problem.

Delighted with the whole package. It really tracks dead straight and is so much better than the typical inflatable. Many ThanksPaul Abson, October 2015

Having had quite a number of inflatable boats plus a rib over a forty year period and with age not being on my side, I needed a boat that I could handle on and off the water on my own for fishing trips so I bought a couple of air floor SIBs. Now on paper, these boats would be perfect for me, easy get ready procedure and compact for the car boot.

Well not quite, the floor has to be exactly to pressure or performance is greatly affected along with a wet ride at times to say nothing of being a bit of a handful for me to handle into the car……………enter the F-Rib.

I saw an article regarding these craft which seemed to offer me everything I wanted in an inflatable boat. Very quick to get ready, lighter than my SIB, fit into the car perfectly, a true rigid floor and a small footprint in the garage. Needless to say a 330 was bought and along with it came a whole new experience for me. The 330 is just the right size for both family use and for my fishing.

I have to say performance on the water is superb with the 15hp outboard strapped to the transom, the boat is on the plane effortlessly and extremely quickly.

The GRP hull locks up tight so you would never know that it is in 3 sections, in fact you have to look very closely to even see the joins between the sections. The hull shape produces a good turning circle with no slide unlike my SIBs producing a very predictable ride.

I also use a 2.5hp outboard for some of my fishing and whilst I have never checked the speed, it potters along much faster than an air floor boat due to the efficiency of the hull.

Off the water, the F-Rib is easy to handle and with the 15hp fitted along with launch wheels, I have just over 4.5kgs nose weight so walking the boat to the water
is very easy which this aging old geezer is rather pleased about.

I am very happy with the F-Rib 330 and doubt very much that I will be looking to change boats again after all it answers all my needs.
Happy Fribbing !!Phil Roberts, August 2015

 

Other FRIBs in our range

FRIB 275

FRIB 275

The smallest in the F-RIB range, the F-RIB 275 is only 9 feet in length and is

FRIB 330

FRIB 330

The FRIB 330 is the ideal foldable yacht tender for cruising and boating

FRIB 360

FRIB 360

Easy to row, stable and fast with an outboard FRIB 360 is an ideal auxiliary workboat

FRIB 430

FRIB 430

The FRIB 430 rigid foldable RIB has capacity for extra passengers

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