From megayacht tenders to diminutive fishing boats, inflatables continue to be the day-to-day workhorses of the powerboat world. Credit their versatility, portability, affordability and — perhaps above all — durability. Today's premium inflatables are flat-out tough.
Mercury Marine takes inflatable toughness to a higher level with its Rhino Series. Both models in the Rhino line are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of beaching on rocks and sand.
The Rhino Rider features center-console seating and an integral inflatable collar. The center-console seating area closely resembles that of a personal watercraft, as does the inflatable's handling ability.
The Rhino RIB II boasts a rigid hull, yet it has the added buoyancy of an inflatable tube on its perimeter. This also makes it ideal for use as a yacht tender, where contact with the yacht's hull sides, especially in choppy conditions, is likely.
Both Rhino Series boats have molded polyethylene semi-V bottoms for a solid rough-water ride. Their inflatable sections (like those of Mercury's Quicksilver inflatable line) are made of 1100 Decitex PVC fabric with a non-stretch polyester core and reinforced seams. Inside, an oversized tube provides superior buoyancy and enhances stability.
All hardware is stainless steel. A number of Mercury outboard engines from 9.9 horsepower to 25 horsepower are available for the Rhino Rider and Rhino Rib. Fuel capacity is 3.5 gallons.
For more information:
W6250 Pioneer Road
PO Box 1939
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1939