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Ranging from 13 to 20 feet, the RIBs have upgrades that come standard with all five models

Ranging from 13 to 20 feet, the RIBs have upgrades that come standard with all five models

Mercury Marine, which has manufactured inflatable boats for more than a decade, unveiled its new line of rigid-hull inflatables at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November. The new line, called the V Series, includes five center-console models ranging from about 13 feet to about 20 feet in length.

“Until now, Mercury has never made a larger, more deluxe RIB,” says Mercury Inflatables sales manager Larry Piechocki. “All of our other RIB models are smaller and don’t have consoles. The V Series can comfortably seat a number of adults and are a lot of fun.”

The boats are built at a Brunswick-owned factory in Portugal. Each model has a fast-planing vee-hull design, large-diameter tubes, more storage space, internal and external grab lines and the larger models — the V-520, V-570 and V-620 — come with standard features usually only found on more expensive RIBs, the company says. These include laminated non-slip teak flooring, an electric bilge pump, a sun deck and a diving platform.

“It’s a fold-up platform on the bow that goes halfway back to the console. On most other boats it’s an option but not a standard feature,” Piechocki says. “The synthetic teak decking is a nice feature, too, because you get the great look and aesthetics but don’t have to worry so much about the upkeep.”

The largest model, the V-620, also features a deck shower and weighs 1,071 pounds without power. The V-400 and the V-450, the smallest models in the series, come with the “Unsinkable Hull” seal from the Safety of Life at Sea organization, Mercury says.

The V Series hulls are made using Mercury’s exclusive Vitech vacuum injection technology and the tubes are made of Hypalon, a heavy-duty fabric that provides exceptional resistance to abrasion, hydrocarbons and fire, the company says. At 13 feet, 1 inch, the V-400 model can carry up to seven people and have a maximum horsepower of 40. The largest model, the V-620 — at 20 feet, 2 inches — carries up to 17 people and can have a maximum horsepower of 150. All V-Series models are white with navy blue accents.

“The V Series RIBs are easy to transport, easy to maintain and economic on fuel,” says Piechocki. “They make great tenders for larger yachts and are fun for day cruising with family and friends.”

Mercury Marine’s V Series RIBs are priced between $11,900 and $35,900. For more information, visit www.mercurymarine.com or call (920) 929-5000.