Nautica’s RIBs measure up
Our RIBs are built to exceed ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) standards, recognized worldwide in the industry. These standards dictate the design and construction of the fuel system, wiring standards, gauges and electrical components, floatation, hull design and passenger capacity ratings. We meet the certification requirements of the EC Directive 94/25/EC by IMCI. Nautica’s RIBs are approved for import and sale in the European community. Models built by Nautica that are for use in the military or as commercial workboats have been submitted to ABS (American Bureau of Shipbuilding) for approval of the structural design. Many of Nautica’s 16′ to 36′ models have been US Coast Guard inspected and certified for carrying passengers for hire. This is a long process of engineering, construction detail, design approval and culminating in multiple US Coast Guard inspections on the manufacturing site during construction. Quality control standards conforming to ISO-9002 have been instituted at Nautica. Compliance with approved procedures for handling and inspecting parts, materials, evaluation of suppliers, inspections and testing of the finished product are a part of daily quality control standards. Product assurance personnel work closely with customers to respond to any issues. Certification for ISO-9002 is pending.
Each Nautica RIB is virtually hand made to order using the customer’s choice of colors, layout and options. A custom modification is no problem for Nautica’s engineers, and is commonly done to accommodate special requirements for size, height, lift point location, layout or weight requirements. Our hull design has evolved throughout 15 years of constantly advancing boat technology. We use state of the art materials, manufacturing processes and components in all our craft. A Nautica RIB is constructed of multiple layers of biaxial woven fiberglass. The direction of the fiberglass threads on one layer may be lengthwise and 90 degrees to the craft, while alternating layers would be at 45 degrees to it’s length. This process ensures superior strength in all directions. High technology core materials are often applied in a “sandwich” configuration in some RIBs (depending on size), to increase thickness and rigidity. In special-use craft such as in military where extreme strength or lightness in weight is required, Kevlar fibers may supplement or replace fiberglass in construction. Stringers are anchored and laminated with the same woven fabrics, using a core of high density closed-cell foam. Fuel tanks, regardless of boat size, are built using 3/16″ aluminum, bolted and “foamed” in place. Plywood parts meet strict marine standards and supplement construction where compression occurs, as in engine mounts and outboard model transoms, where the wood is resin-coated and sandwiched with fiberglass. Extensive dampeners are installed where drive-shafts are used for safety and to reduce wear. Inboard engines are installed on heavy-duty engine mounts of aluminum mated to stringers constructed of fiberglass/marine plywood.
Inflatable Tubes
The tubes on a Nautica RIB are constructed using only top materials and craftsmanship, proving to be reliable year after year. The tubes are fabricated of top quality Hypalon fabric and handmade with numerous quality checkpoints along the way.The fabric’s thick Hypalon coating is permanently joined to the underlying heavy polyester cloth by “calendaring” and special chemical bonding agents. The underside of the fabric is calendared with neoprene, the optimum material for airtightness and adherence to the polyester core. The characteristics of the Hypalon fabric used in our tube assembly process has many factors that influence the life of the tube. The special coating on the outer layer has the exceptional ability to resist damage from ultra-violet light, preventing aging and it is resistant to ill-effects from fuel spillage. The fabric is available in a wide array of standard, light fast colors. The chemical makeup of the Hypalon outer layer aides in resisting abrasion and its strong tenacity gives it a high level of mechanical resistance. The rubber base of the product retains all of its properties, even when exposed to heat. Hypalon is intended for the leisure or military markets, and meets the highest requirements for safe navigation in the most temperature extreme conditions. All seams on Nautica RIBs are double-taped on the inside and the cut of our fabric is designed for longevity. With this in mind, we produce a quality product that we are proud of!
Electrical Systems
From the small RIB 11 Deluxe to the Military RIB 44, electrical systems are the same, including such heavy duty components as waterproof rocker switches, circuit breakers, connection box and color-coded wiring to meet military specifications. Wiring is bundled and neatly bound with tie-strips, keeping bilges and compartments clear of clutter. Color-coded wiring (required by Nautica’s military clients) makes a wire circuit easy to trace and service. Wiring harnesses from the console components end in a water-resistant connection box, increasing longevity of electrical systems and reducing the risk of problems. It makes it easy to add electronic components at a later time, as a few unused circuits are always provided.
The inflatable boat has come a long way since the days of a “rubber boat in a bag”. Materials, design and manufacturing technology have all made advances and, in essence, have created a product that now epitomizes safety, reliability, versatility, and comfort in the marine environment. Nautica was one of the first to perceive the change in the market toward rigid-hulled inflatables and geared his production exclusively in that direction. Nautica foresaw the future of inflatables as sportboats incorporating seating, consoles, steering lights, etc., into their fiberglass structure; unheard of at that time. Since 1969, while most inflatable boats were essentially red or gray colored rafts with wooden floors, Nautica already had introduced white colored, modern styled RIBs with integrated fuel tanks, consoles, and deep “Vee” hulls. Nautica further responded to customer demand by offering the first jet-drive inflatables with swim platform, stylish appointments and high quality, beautifully molded upholstery. Nautica is the most experienced and only RIB manufacturer in the United States who has the ability and willingness to individually build each boat. This has enabled customers to have boats built to suit their individual needs and requirements, which has provided new layouts, designs and power options over the years. Nautica supplies RIBs to nationwide Law Enforcement agencies such as F.B.I., D.E.A., U.S. Customs, U.S. Navy Seals, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy Mammal Programs and U.S. Marine Corps and Rescue Craft to the Far East, in each case providing customized features to meet requirements. Nautica supplied two RIB prototypes to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Special Operations Command, in an effort to resolve design flaws in the U.S. Navy-designed 10 meter RIB in use at the time. From there on, Nautica has led the market by constantly building new models each year to meet the demands of the yachting and commercial industry. Nautica RIBs are carried as yacht tenders aboard some of the most prominent mega-yachts cruising the world’s oceans. Our manufacturing facility is housed in a 75,000 sq. ft. production space, and offices located on a 6 acre complex in Ft.Lauderdale, inclusive of fiberglass production, boat assembly and rigging areas in addition to a large, climate-controlled section where the inflatable sponsons are manufactured and fitted to the hulls.