MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — RIBCRAFT USA, LLC, a builder of rigid inflatable boats has been formed in collaboration with Ribcraft, Ltd. in the United Kingdom to produce and distribute RIBCRAFT boats in North America. According to a press release from the company, RIBCRAFT USA produces the popular 4.8 and 5.85, as well as custom designs.

The popularity of RIBS, according to the release, is growing sharply. "It is not surprising that these high-performance boats, offering the very latest in technology and design, represent the fastest growing sector in the marine industry," said Brian Gray, president of RIBCRAFT USA, in the release. "We have seen this firsthand with the overwhelming demand for RIBCRAFT boats in North America.

"We look forward to continuing the same tradition of excellence and commitment to quality that our colleagues in the UK have done in designing and producing the world's premier RIBs," he added.

In addition to its United States operations, RIBCRAFT USA also will target markets in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The company introduced its products to U.S. consumers at the Providence Boat Show in Rhode Island earlier this month.