Hun­ton RIBS back in build with Rib-x

Three-year deal with Rib-x Ltd to build boats

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Hun­ton Yachts Ltd and Rib-x Ltd have an­nounced a three-year joint ven­ture to man­u­fac­ture and sell the Hun­ton range of high-per­for­mance RIBS.

Un­der the terms of the deal, Hun­ton will pro­vide the de­signs, tech­nol­ogy and that all-im­por­tant brand name, while Rib-x, based in Le­ices­ter­shire, will build the boats. Both com­pa­nies will mar­ket and sell them.

Hun­ton cur­rently has two mod­els in its RIB range, the 8m 830 and the 10m 1005. Both can be fit­ted with ei­ther petrol out­board or diesel in­board en­gines. The deal does not in­clude the XRS43 high-per­for­mance sportscruiser or the yet-to-be­launched XRS55, although an an­nounce­ment on this is due shortly.

Hun­ton Yachts Ltd was formed ear­lier this year af­ter Hun­ton Power­boats was put into vol­un­tary liq­ui­da­tion to­ward the end of 2016. The new busi­ness pur­chased the Hun­ton name along with the moulds and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, but not its Rom­sey-based fac­tory.

Rib-x was founded in 2003 by Colin Bald­win, a former R&D en­gi­neer for Jaguar cars. It spe­cialises in build­ing RIBS for recre­ational boat­ing and cus­tom-built su­pery­acht ten­ders.

The Hun­ton range of lux­ury RIBS will be built by Rib-x in a new three-year joint ven­ture

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