by Dom Wiseman

Ribco will kick-off the Australian 2019 Boat Show season with a debut at the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous on the Gold Coast, 17th – 19th May followed by the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), 23rd – 26th May. The shows coincide with the first of Ribco’s 2019 releases, the next generation of its luxurious flagship vessel, the 2019 Venom 44. It a new deck design and the latest triple Mercury Verado V8 engines.

According to Oliver Workman of Ribco Australia, “Ribco is committed to continue to showcase our growing range of luxury RIBS with the release of new vessel models that are unmatched in luxury, detail, speed, efficiency, safety and high-performance capability. The next generation 2019 Venom 44 embodies Ribco’s unwavering commitment to quality, engineering and testing to ensure confident, agile and faultless operations while at sea.”

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The next generation Venom 44 vessel offers all the luxury and high-performance features of its predecessor while featuring a new spacious deck design layout with eight individual hydraulic cockpit seats for ultimate comfort. It has electronically operated hatches and is fitted with the smooth, refined power of triple Mercury Verado V8 engines to deliver an exhilarating acceleration and top speed to run offshore with confidence.

Ribco has also confirmed the recent appointment of Ribco as official chase boat partner for the Australian SailGP Team. The Ribco range of superior performance RIBs were showcased alongside the turbo-charged foiling F50-class catamarans during the inaugural global SailGP race on Sydney Harbour in February. At the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous and SCIBS events, Ribco will have on hand two of the custom built SailGP vessels. A silver-grey 2019 Seafarer 36, with twin 350hp Mercury Verados, and a SailGP special edition R28s fitted with four jockey seats and a single 400hp Mercury Racing Outboard. The Seafarer 36 will feature on the water at the Marina displays of both the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous and SCIBS, while the R28s display will be at The Promenade adjacent to the high-performing luxury vehicles strip at SCIBS.

About the Ribco 2019 Venom 44

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The Venom 44 is a sleek 13.5-metre vessel with a solid fibreglass composite hull, durable Hypalon tubes, hand-laid teak decking, a new spacious deck design with eight individual hydraulic cockpit seats and huge rear sun lounges. It has electronically operated hatches and is fitted with the smooth refined power of triple 300hp Mercury Verado V8 engines. The Venom 44 is set apart from most premium RIBs on the market in that it offers true offshore capability. It has Category B certification, which means it is capable of voyages 200-nautical-miles offshore and is also in 2D survey with a 10-person + 2-crew capacity. With its seven-bulkhead hull construction, the Venom 44 can withstand winds of force eight and waves of up to four metres.

The cockpit of the Venom 44 is completely sealed, and the self-draining deck means no water gets into the bilge. Its tubes are made of Hypalon fabric from French Manufacturer Orca and has no glaring external seams. The 2019 Venom 44 next generation can also run at full speed with the tubes completely deflated. The Venom 44 comes with two large sleeping cabins, a large centre console concealing a spacious toilet and shower space. There is even a wet bar and fridge.