SCOR­PION PI­O­NEER RIB

BU ILT 2006 PR ICE £49 ,995

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Based in Lyming­ton in the New For­est, Scor­pion in­tro­duced its Pi­o­neer RIB in 2007 to bridge the gap be­tween its open mod­els and cruiser range. The un­usual look­ing wheel­house was de­signed to pro­tect the crew from the el­e­ments with­out re­mov­ing the con­nec­tion with them, hence the huge screen (60kg of 10mm tough­ened glass) that curves back into the roof mould­ing and open sides. The huge pan­to­graph wind­screen wiper main­tains vis­i­bil­ity whilst also be­stow­ing more than a hint of high-speed train cab to the look.

IN­TE­RIOR

Two set­tees ei­ther side cre­ate a cou­ple of berths for overnight­ing, and a ta­ble plus a sea toi­let tucked be­neath the cen­tre seat pro­vide ex­tra crea­ture com­forts. It has even got 240 volt shore power. There is di­rect ac­cess to the small bow cock­pit from the cabin, rather than having to go out of the back and then down the sides.

EXTERIOR

Four wrap-around seats keep the crew safe and se­cure at high speeds, pro­tected by that mas­sive hard top. Helm and nav­i­ga­tor get match­ing Ray­ma­rine E120 Se­ries multi-func­tion dis­plays linked to chart plot­ters and the radar. Fur­ther aft in the sur­pris­ingly deep teak-laid cock­pit there are steps ei­ther side to as­sist with ac­cess and a bench seat to­wards the back.

PER­FOR­MANCE

Two Mer­cury Ver­ado 275hp out­board engines (new six years ago) grace the tran­som, of­fer­ing up a se­ri­ous amount of horse­power for a nar­row 10m RIB. Cruis­ing speed is about 40 knots, with a top end not far short of 60 knots!

SEA KEEP­ING

Scor­pion is fa­mous for its ul­tra-ca­pa­ble deep vee-hulls, with a fer­tile back cat­a­logue of win­ning race boats and ocean-cross­ing ex­plor­ers. The Pi­o­neer dis­plays the same wave-flat­ten­ing lon­g­legged gait as its sib­lings, with that huge hard top shield­ing the crew and help­ing to shrink dis­tances, aided, of course, by twin 455-litre fuel tanks. In the Pi­o­neer, Scor­pion has pro­duced a great all-weather com­muter or an equally good ex­plorer.

Four wrap-around seats lo­cate the crew be­neath the large pro­tec­tive hard top Cabin fea­tures a ta­ble and sea toi­let and can be ac­cessed from ei­ther end

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