May 01, 2022

RIBCRAFT Delivers RIBCRAFT 5.85s to Rhode Island DEM

RIBCRAFT delivers two RIBCRAFT 5.85s to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. As the leading manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for law enforcement, safety professionals, and military agencies around the world, RIBCRAFT provides the ultimate patrol boat.

Marblehead, MA, May 2022 – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) recently took delivery of two 19’ RIBCRAFT 5.85s. As the first true RIBs in their fleet, these versatile vessels will serve as rapid response deployable vessels throughout the state.

With larger hard-sided patrol vessels already in use, the department was in need of a multipurpose watercraft that was easily handled and operated by a single officer that could still support a variety of operations regardless of the conditions. The first two RIBCRAFT 5.85s will be deployed in freshwater lakes, coastal ponds, inshore bays, and along the coast for patrol, enforcement, and emergency response and rescue.

Featuring a center console with front bench seat and leaning post, T-top, fore and aft tow posts, and engine crash rail, the boats are specifically configured to support the varied operational capabilities while still maintaining open deck space. With a black multi-chambered heavy-duty Hypalon tube and reinforced deep v hull, the 5.85s provide a durable, stable, and seaworthy platform regardless of the operational waters and sea conditions. Powered by a single 115HP Mercury four-stroke outboard, the boats will reach speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Features of the RIBCRAFT 5.85s include:
• Deep V fiberglass hull
• Center console with front bench seat and leaning post
• Fore and aft tow posts
• Crash Rail
• Aluminum T-Top with electronics box
• 360-degree scene lighting
• Reinforced heavy duty black 1670 DTX Hypalon tubes
• Complete Garmin navigation system

Extremely durable, stable, and reliable, RIBCRAFT RIBs with their heavy-duty inflatable tube and deep V hull are an excellent platform for law enforcement, search and rescue, and marine interdiction.

RIBCRAFT designs and builds safe, durable, performance oriented rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that fulfill the most demanding military, professional and recreational applications. A leading manufacturer of professional grade RIBs and inflatables for safety professionals, military agencies, yacht clubs, and recreational boaters throughout the world, RIBCRAFT offers vessels starting at 15’, capable of fulfilling most any mission.

Kelly Hines