Yacht Class n°14 (sept-oct-nov 2018)
Over 50 knots. The Ribco and her twin 350 hp Mercury Verado like to show off! This sporty unit has more than one string to her bow and is meant to be either a tender or an attractive “escort boat”.
Written by Alain Brousse – Photos : Alan
Despite economic difficulties, the Greek nautical industry has managed to stay on course, as we could see with tender builders such as Ribco, a company based in the Athens area. A few months ago, Yacht Class was the first to try the Venom 44. With her 3 x 350 hp Mercury Verado, she delivered then a top performance and even hit 60.5 knots on the Greek waters. We were quickly convinced by her sporty and marine behaviour. This time, we tested her little sister, the Seafarer 36, which also has 350 ch Mercury Verado 4-stroke but a twin configuration. Our sea trial took place in Monaco, after a departure from the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco.
All down to speed !
On our test unit, the circulation is easy and a hard-top was sheltering the four adjustable bolster seats. The cockpit also featured a bench seat for three to four passengers, which means that she can comfortably seat eight people. As authorized by her certification, she can board two additional passengers on the foredeck sunbed. Note that the Seafarer 36 is also available in a console version, with only two bolsters and a kitchenette. Our “Monegasque” model had a folding teak panel that acted as a table. She also had plenty of storage. For instance, the two cockpit bench seats rise to unveil limited but very useful trunks. The aft volumes is even more interesting since it can act as either a storage or berths. So does the bow one. This is also perfect to extend the stopover beyond sunset for a nautical camping every now and then.
Day boat or tender
Ribco deliberately opted for black color, mostly for its floats, since it gives her both a professional and classy looks. Unfortunately, as we all know, black tends to retain heat. Don’t forget it before sitting there. She also has Orca CR/CSM (Hypalon) floats, a high-end fabric resistant to many elements including seawater, UV, ozone, cold oils… and famous for aging well.
This sporty, comfortable and seaworthy RIB offers a high finish. She obviously has a place on large units as a sports tender. But she can also act as an escort boat, which is growing practice in the yachting sector.