Australia's Acronautic Develops Limousine RIB Tender
Published: Tuesday, 02 December 2014
Acronautic has developed a fusion design that combines an open style RIB and a luxury superyacht limousine tender.
A RIB is often referred to as a utility boat as it is used for multiple functions. The Thetis design by Acronautic adds a fresh dimension to incorporate a limousine style cabin and practicality for diving, beach access and cruising.
The design was conceptualised by Stephen Crone of Acronautic to meet an increasing demand in passenger transport to and from luxury superyachts.
Crone has a strong background working with high speed luxury RIBs and is most notable for his contribution to the Dariel-built 13-metre RIB Yoko – a luxury day boat delivered to a Monaco-based client and nominated for the 2012 Showboats Yacht Tender Design of the Year.
“Rigid Inflatable Boats have always been popular as superyacht tenders,” says Crone, Managing Director of Acronautic. “However, transporting a large number of guests in protected comfort has continually been a challenge – this vessel is designed to compliment the yachting experience and offer a safe, dry and luxurious experience.”
Thetis offers passengers an exhilarating ride through a typical V-shape performance hull capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots from twin 350hp outboard engines.