Thirty-three feet (10.10 meters) of hair-blowing, adrenaline-inducing fun. Likened to a fighter jet on the water, the Roughneck 1010 RIB comes from a naval-architecture studio that knows plenty about performance. Mulder Design collaborated with the Dutch RIB manufacturer to meet the needs of the owner of the sailing superyacht Better Place. The result is a RIB reportedly topping 78 knots, yet also suitable as a more sedate superyacht tender.
Roughneck Marine got its start in 2007 with RIB rally races. In the ensuring years, it expanded into the recreational boating market, as well as government needs and professional racing needs. (The Volvo Ocean Race’s Team Brunel is a customer, for example.) For the owner of Better Place, Roughneck and Mulder Design needed to create a fast, versatile T-top tender.
While the Roughneck 1010 RIB aboard the yacht is all carbon fiber, for weight savings and structural benefits, the design also suits composite construction. Regardless, the multi-stepped hull, a signature feature of all Roughneck RIBs, ensures smooth, stable performance while achieving high speeds. It further is more fuel efficient than a traditional hull design.
The twin 450-hp Mercury Racing 400 outboards push the Roughneck 1010 to the above-mentioned blistering speeds. Naturally, Mulder Design took ergonomics into consideration in placing the throttle and steering wheel closer to the helm seat. The seat itself, plus the three companion seats, is suspended for more comfort, too. Add in a glass bridge with Raymarine electronics, and the RIB can spend all day zipping around bays.
For more leisurely needs, the 10-foot-wide (3.06-meter-wide) Roughneck 1010 has an aft settee, plus a seat tucked into the forward portion of the helm. It additionally has a cabin, with about 6’6” (2 meters) of space suitable for a berth or stowage. A total of 12 people can ride aboard.
Equally notable, the T top lowers to the seat height. This way, the Roughneck 1010 can stow in a tender garage, if an owner so wishes. Alternately, the lowered top essentially acts as a protective cover over the helm and seats if the tender sits in the water for extended periods, like at a marina.
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