Aluminium RIB manufacturer Highfield Boats has revealed the first images of the company’s 2021 Sport range.
This latest collection of high performance aluminium RIBs has been ten years in development. The company says its advanced hull design provides superb handling and the range features an all new Italian-influenced interior design.
The Sport range starts at 3m through to the Flagship 800 whose stepped hull is designed by race hull designer Petter Martens.
The 300-360 models are marketed for their attention to detail, including lifting points, excellent weight distribution, internal fuel tanks – making them, Highfield says, the perfect tender or runabout.
The 390-460 is designed for larger tender garages and platforms, and can cross into the family day boat sector.
The 520 and the 560 layout has been optimised for the family or charter business. These two models will self-drain on a mooring in northern climates, while the full sundeck option will ensure that they are equally at home in warm waters.
The 650-800 models are based on the successful hull used in key events such as the Vendée Globe, ORC and Extreme Sailing Series as well as for a fully coded lifeboat in the UK and for fire protection vessels in Germany. The internal layout emphasises comfort with diamond stitching throughout. The flagship 800 has the option of a toilet compartment, fridge and cooking island and is supplied with a full bow and stern sundeck.
All Sport models have EVA teak flooring fitted as standard, LED internal courtesy lighting, full navigation light package and electronic bilge pump.
“This is the most exciting development that I can remember in my time with Highfield,” says Steve Harrison, European Brand manager. “While we are known for our strength, excellent hull designs and reliability we have been asked for many years by our clients to build a luxury range of boats. The Sport range will allow us to attract new owners but crucially will allow our current owners to upgrade and stay with a brand they trust.”