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Grande Strider 22 Mega-Rib

Published on March 7, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

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So what size is your average RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), something between ten and twenty foot?  Basically anything from a zippy little number to water-ski off, up to a comfy stable tender to take passengers from ship to shore.  But 72ft?  Do we really need 72ft?  Christian Grande seems to think so.

The young Italian, a graduate from the Modena School of Car Design, spreads his talents across houses, car baby seats and showers, but he has a real passion for yachts.  Having put together designs for Sanlorenzo, Abarth and Sessa (he has worked on over 70 models for Sessa), his latest creation is for Milan-based RIB experts – Sacs Marine.  Introducing the 72ft Strider 22.

To give you an idea of scale, the Strider 22 is almost exactly the same length as the all-new three-cabin Princess S72 also appearing on this site, one that has a 3.9 metre garage to accommodate what could/should be your standard RIB.  So why the need for a mega RIB?

Sacs Marine call it “new-age” and “unsinkable” – granted the latter does sound immensely appealing.  The interior is also infinitely customisable to suit the owner’s needs, with plans already on the drawing board for several configurations up to three cabins with en-suite bathrooms.  Outside, the bow has seating cushions, retractable sofas and a dining table with retractable awning to shade from the sun.  Meanwhile the stern has a swim platform plus stairs that lift to give access to the tender garage (hang on, isn’t this supposed to be the tender?).

 

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So if it’s the tender with a tender, what use does Sacs Marine envisage for Christian’s voluminous RIB?  It could be the ultimate chase boat for a large mothership, playing a supporting role to transport guests, store water toys or accommodate staff such as nannies or bodyguards.  Basically the Strider 22 meets the needs of owners who want to overcome the natural boundaries of the RIB category, of which they appreciate the inherent qualities, but at the same time dream of unconventional yachts.

The Strider 22 pledges to be easy to manoeuvre and moor, so can be solo-skippered, and, according to the marketing bumph, its overall look is “enriched by elusive lines, aggressive and zoomorphic shapes” and has a “clear reference to feral muscles waiting to pounce on a prey”.  We’ll take their word for it.

www.christiangrande.com

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