One of the best examples of the new kind of RIB is the SACS Strider 15, a big rubber beast turned beauty by the gentle touch of Christian Grande
Interest in RIBs has skyrocketed in recent years, and there’s no question as to why – seaworthy per definition, RIBs gave been steadily gaining luxury and comfort, up to recently only found on fiberglass motorboats. One of the best examples of the new kind of RIB is the SACS Strider 15, a big rubber beast turned beauty by the gentle touch of Christian Grande.
The large angle of the bow and the extended waterline with 80-centimeter tubes make its profile super sporty, while the superstructure and the elegant T-top and protrusions at the stern ad to the overall very aerodynamic impression. There is only one larger model in the range, Strider 19, but the smaller 15, with a beam of almost 5 m meters guaranteeing ease of movement, and accommodation for 16, is a full-blooded representative of the maxi RIB segment.
Rider 15 exterior
The boom in the sale of dinghies in recent years can be seen through the prism of redefining the time an average client wants to spend at sea. As fast vessels that are easy to manage and maintain, RIBs are ideal for shorter day trips and a quick return to base. SACS fully meets all customers’ requirements, from large areas on the bow and astern, the spacious lounge area in the cockpit, to the huge aft sundeck and platform (especially with inboard engines).
Maxi RIBs provide a lot of usable space, but the entire Strider series also meets many aesthetic criteria, and differs in many a detail from the Rebel series. This is especially noticeable in the cabin, which surpasses the decoration of some yachts in luxury.
This elegant interior with light colors and standing height will surely fulfill your expectations regarding relaxation on a maxi RIB, with two double beds and a separate toilet. In the cockpit, which can be protected by a folding bimini, the U-shaped with two movable tables provides comfortable seating for six, and the kitchen block holds two refrigerators, a sink and a grill for preparation of serious meals.
The command console is impressive and announces readily that this is a powerful maxi RIB capable of speed faster than 40 knots, with the bow thruster and engine data on the left and the engine levers on the right. The shell-type seats are quite comfortable, and the only fault we could find was the edge of the windshield covering parts of the horizon for skippers over 185 cm in height. Just to balance that out, this large RIB is as easy to control as a small dinghy.
The two Raymarine touch screens are very clear, while switches are located symmetrically on both sides, just to make sure. The two Volvo engines (which are easy and quick to get to) are almost inaudible, and Strider 15 planes at 11 knots (1500 rpm), but you’ll sure want to go faster. At 2500 rpm, we reached 22 knots with a consumption of about 70 l, and this is where the Strider’s potential could already be felt.
SACS Strider 15 fuel consumption
Although the sea was a bit choppy, this maxi RIB cut through the waves with ease (including those hitting us from the sides), while at the minimum cruising speed of 25 knots, it glided on water as if on rails. Up at 3000 rpm, the consumption remained below 100 l per hour, and we found 30 knots to be both most comfortable and pleasing. The hydraulic steering is prompt and precise, but the new Striders is so calm at times you feel like you could just drop the wheel for a bit and ride hands-free.
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We reached top speed of 40 knots at about 3700 rpm (with both hands on the helm) also completely relaxed, which is something regular RIB owners will appreciate, as will superyacht owners, who will find that the good looks and excellent behavior of Strider 15 is all they could ask for in a tender.
Text Filip Bubalo