Highfield Boats is a nearly 10-year-old RIB manufacturer focusing exclusively on aluminum construction. Having achieved success with production-boat buyers, the company is entering the luxury-yachting market for the first time. The Highfield Sport Collection targets owners and crew who want versatile craft suiting a variety of on-the-water needs.
Eleven models span the series, ranging from nearly 10 feet to 26 feet (3 meters to 8 meters) LOA. Among them, five are specifically for luxury-yacht purposes: the SP520, SP560, SP650, SP700, and SP800. Regardless of size, while the Sport Collection replaces or complements some of the Highfield Deluxe and Classic Deluxe models, each of the RIBs has a new hull or deck, or both. Additionally, each offers a choice of equipment and design features, to better complement your practical and aesthetic desires.
For instance, if you enjoy waterskiing, you can request a tow post. Freshwater showers are optional, too, as are sunpads. Shade-seekers can rest easy knowing that Highfield will supply biminis upon request as well. Finally, for those of you who like to match your toys to your mothership, the Highfield Sport Collection comes in six different colors.
It’s one thing to know about options but another to understand capabilities. To that end, the Highfield SP800 (above) is the one to consider when you enjoy cruising with a crowd. Twelve people can board the RIB. Additionally, it has a stepped hull by Petter Martens, who earned renown in the racing-boat world. On the luxury side, the Highfield SP800 puts sundecks fore and aft. Should you want to use the boat all day, you can request an island with a cooktop, refrigerator, and sink. A head is available, too.
Alternately, consider either the SP650 or the SP700. They include hulls based on a design employed by Vendée Globe and ORC chase boats. Simultaneously, though, they include niceties like tables and cup holders.
No matter which RIB you prefer, it comes standard with LED lighting, an electric bilge pump, faux-teak decking, and diamond-stitched upholstery. The Highfield Sport Collection models also each have swim platforms with telescopic swim ladders.
Based in China, Highfield Boats has dealers in 38 countries, including the United States. In fact, more than 30 dealers are stateside. Check the website for the one nearest you.
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