Rigid Inflatable boats are different in almost every way from traditional fiberglass, aluminum or wood vessels. This is also the case when trailering a RIB as these vessels are far more lightweight than their more conventional competitors. Since most RIBs are designed to be moved from location to location and from storage to water and back again, trailering and launching this type of vessel needs some different procedures and safety precautions. In this article, we are going to discuss some factors to consider when trailering and launching a RIB and some best practices.
Vulnerable to Damage
While these vessels are just about the safest style boat one can have on the water, the flip side to this is that RIB vessels can be susceptible to damage while in transit. This is partly because of their lightweight frames and inflatable collar, but also because the jolting movement of a trailer can put stress on the rigid hull or transom. The best rule of thumb is to understand what part of a vessel could be placed in tension during transit, which a manufacturer sales rep should be able to fill a new buyer in on according to the boat make and model. For example, the motor might be one of the heaviest parts of a vessel, know how the bouncing from the road (or a pothole) could impact it and the transom is important.