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Highfield Boats debuts largest RIB to date – the all new Sport 900

Highfield Boats, the world’s leading aluminium RIB supplier, has just pushed the technology and luxury of its RIB range to its furthest limits yet, with the launch of the all-new Sport 900.

The Sport 900 is a true offshore mile-crunching cruiser, capable of 60 knot performances, amazing sea-keeping abilities and all the luxuries demanded from a high end product. The all-weather hull design and long-range capability is ideal for spending the maximum time on the water.

At 9.12 metres (29ft 11in) in length, Highfield’s Sport 900 now tops the company’s Sport range of leisure boats, ahead of the Sport 800, launched last year, and just pipping the Patrol 860 to the post in Highfield’s rugged commercial range.

Steve Harrison of Highfield Europe explains the ethos behind the new model. He reports: “In the past five years we have seen the split between the tender and RIB market narrow as customer demands continue to evolve.  It is therefore important for the company to be continuously pushing the boundaries of our high-specification RIB offer while at the same time maintaining our commitment to our tender customers.”

The SP900 has a hull deadrise angle of 26 degrees, so it will provide comfort and reassurance in the toughest sea conditions. Like all the RIBs in the Sport range, which start from 3 metres upwards, this new SP900 model is easy to tow, launch and recover due to its light weight and integrated davit lifting eyes.  The Sport 900 will not delaminate or absorb water over time so it will retain the same agile performance in 10 years’ time as on its first day afloat.

Featuring EVA teak throughout, integrated fuel tanks, superb diamond stitched upholstery and a bathing platform, each day will be enjoyed to the maximum.  With the impermeable qualities of Highfield’s aluminium hulls there is no need to worry about gelcoat chips or putting the boat on a beach or trailer.

Highfield Boats works with the world’s highest quality component providers to create a superior list of standard features on board the SP900.  Tubes are formed from ORCA® Hypalon while the hull is of high tensile chromated and powder coated aluminium with flush mount non-return values and a self-draining deck. Luxury touches include Vitrifrigo refrigerator, sunbrella top, kitchenette and shower kit. Accommodation space is enhanced by an integrated rear seat with cushion, bow and stern sundeck and a rear table.