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Ribbon makes a bow

Published on January 2, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

A surprise star of the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show was the Ribbon 45 SC Yacht Tender.  Almost unheard of until its debut, this high-speed vessel designed by leading Dutch naval architects Vripack, in conjunction with the Dutch manufacturer Ribbon Yachts, was on-hand for test drives and she quickly impressed.

A finalist in the Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 in the category “powerboat below 25m”, the Ribbon 45 SC is masculine yet stylish, aggressive yet beautiful, and has been inspired by the hi-tech world of aviation.  She is fitted with the newest technologies and makes use of innovative materials such as Recaro driving seats, iMac TV screens and Rolls Royce jet systems.

With sharp edges tempered by rounded corners, the Ribbon 45 SC looks very precise and clean – unnecessary ornament and decoration are totally foreign to Ribbon and therefore do not feature.  Weighing in at just over 45 foot, a dash under 14 metres, she has a central helm and navigation cockpit with three Recaro bucket seats providing the hip and shoulder support you’d expect from such a brand.  A vast windscreen wraps around the entire cockpit area to provide shelter and safe sunbathing whilst underway.  Below there is a cabin with overhead locker storage and a private toilet and shower for freshening up.

Going Green

Using a very stiff vacuum-injected composite structure as its base, the Ribbon 45 SC has also followed a path set by leading manufacturers, such as Sunseeker on their 28m, and gone for Esthec to finish decks – inside and out.  This composite material, polymers and fibres, looks and feels like teak but has low-maintenance qualities whilst remaining highly durable.  Esthec is eco-friendly, no trees lose their lives to make it, and exceptionally light in comparison to the “real” thing.  Ribbon Yachts will allow clients to personalise their yachts choosing from ten different colours of Esthec and five different joint options.

Moving “under the bonnet”, twin Cummins QSC 600hp engines power twin Rolls Royce water jets which are controlled by a vector joystick system.  This provides state-of-the-art effortless docking and manoeuvrability with super tight turning circles and precise control in narrow circumstances.

When Ribbon Yachts briefed Vripack Design Studio they wanted a “RIB that didn’t look like a typical RIB” and “an ultimate ‘man’ boat”.  The minimalistic sporty result suggests “mission accomplished”.



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