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Scorpion chase boat offers sting at the tail

Published on August 14, 2015 by   ·   No Comments


It is fitting that a company with the tagline “British Built, World Class” should be providing chase boats to Sir Ben Ainslie’s Landrover BAR America’s Cup team.

Lymington-based Scorpion RIBs have just delivered a brand-new high-speed Scorpion 1080 for the British team to use in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. It’s the third chase boat that the Company has provided to the Gold medallist, the first two being slightly smaller Serket 98s.

“The new Scorpion 1080 will be a welcome addition to our existing Scorpion chase boat fleet,” Ben Ainslie comments.

“The unique nature of the foiling America’s Cup boats means that we need a support boat that can operate at high speed for long durations, comfortable enough to keep the shore team safe, alert and able to positively input into training programmes,” he adds.


The Scorpion 1080 which is available to the public is even more impressive, as the two outboards on Sir Ben’s chase boat have been replaced by a Hamilton Jet Drive with a choice of inboard diesel engines of up to 480hp. This is Scorpion’s latest design, the 1080 Jet Lander, a RIB that can be used as a leisure boat, a tender or superyacht chase boat, and is a worthy complement to any modern superyacht.

Using the 10 metre hull of the Company’s popular Sting model as a base, the Jet Lander offers a number of advantages.

There is plenty of room to seat up to 16 guests in safety and comfort in all conditions and sea states thanks to Scorpion’s signature soft dry ride and their optional weather protection solutions.

An extended rear bathing platform makes getting on and off for swimming, wakeboarding or diving a walk in the park.

There are also nifty lightweight carbon fibre steps so you can disembark elegantly on those trips to the beach.

“The materials used in the new boat mean it’s lighter and more environmentally friendly than our previous models, and has enabled us to reduce the size of the engines and the weight of the boat which has increased the top speed of the craft,” says Scorpion’s director Patrick Byrne.



Scorpion RIBs was founded in 1996 and designed the first ever hull specifically for a RIB. The deep-V 24-degree hull with reverse chines offered superior offshore performance and took RIBs from a practical runabout to an offshore sea boat. Since then, they have added several models to their line-up between seven and ten metres, always sticking close to the elegant, fast and safe formula, and including innovations such as the world’s first cabin RIB.

Every Scorpion is hand built and therefore each boat is unique. Everything from the engines, sound system, lights, colour and upholstery can be customised to exactly fit the client’s needs.

According to their website, “The future of chase boats is here. And it’s a Scorpion.” If you’re in the market for the best of British you can catch up with Scorpion at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show in September.



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