Roughneck Marine | from allround rallycanon to luxury tender
Roughneck Marine is a Dutch manufacturer of top shelf RIB’s. This company was formed almost ten years ago by a couple of watersport fanatics. This keen interest in watersports has a clear impact on the type of boat being produced in this company; super sporting RIB’s which are acclaimed with many prizes and are a firm favourite with professional groups such as coastguards, police and for off-shore use. However, this type of boat is very suitable for family use also, as with a flexible custom-made method a cabin version with accommodation and bathroom can be produced. What all Roughnecks have in common though, is their outstanding seaworthy qualities, whatever the weather or area conditions, your safety is assured in a Roughneck.
Roughneck headquarters are located in Wieringerwerf and the production process also takes place in this village in the province of North Holland. The RIB’s are built entirely under company supervision. The polyester hull is constructed according to the hand-lay-up method, from heavily woven fiberglass cloth following a highly refined laminating schedule. By using only the best materials such as vinylester and a premium standard gelcoat, this results in a laminate which prevents typical problems such as damp or cracks in the long term. The rump is equipped with a spaciously cut central stringer from the stern to the bow. Wood is not used in this material process but the stringer is thickly constructed to allow for adequate hardness. A criss-cross of beams completes the base and prepares the hull to cope with the force of a powerful engine and heavy weather situations which can occur under the harshest conditions.
The underwater hull is a deep V-shape from front to back with a double step. Up front, this allows the boat to cut sharply through the waves, at the back the hull form of the boat keeps it in line while taking fast bends. The large air intakes are located a little higher than the cockpit floor and are visible in the boat itself; these look like a couple of footrests for attentive steering but this feature actually works to your advantage. The double step ensures a layer of ventilation between the hull and the water surface so there’s less wetness, leading to a higher speed. This also saves on fuel because the boat is able to assume an easier and faster plané. The tank is located at a central point in the floor for optimal weight distribution.
The surrounding tubes make a RIB from the polyester hull. These tubes are manufactured in another part of Europe by a specialist whose unique method of seamless application of these tubes to the Roughneck gives the boat its unique sleek and slender appearance. Thanks to these tubes this type of boat can display its unequalled seafaring characteristics on rough water. Even when the boat is not in motion the tubes hardly touch the water. Driving straight over a flat sea, you don’t really need them. Only when you are at risk of being bashed and thrown about while taking sharp bends or making a landing from a high wave which adds extra floating capacity, you realize what this boat has to offer while you’re still standing up.
The tubes are made from Hypalon. This is very different to the PVC of an inflatable boat. PVC cannot tolerate much sunlight, ages pretty quickly and rips through when damaged. Hypalon is a synthetic rubber and works well in a chemical/sunshine environment. In cold and low temperatures the material retains its supple and elastic quality. Hypalon is available in several colours with a different finish. The carbon structure is quite popular and a new fabric-finish, which makes it feel like fabric, is also gaining in popularity.
You drive in a Roughneck RIB for its seaworthy qualities. However, the boat does possess certain attractions, therefore giving you the possibility of expanding on your own choice and vision. Floor lighting, teak wood on the cockpit floor, different colours for the rump or tubes, Ullman jockeyseats or a rollover bar, everything is possible and depends on the budget available.
Take the seats, for instance: this is not just a detail here. If you use the RIB as originally intended, then not only the boat but also your spine will have to cope with unreal pressure. The difference between a hydraulic Ullman seat with composite springs for 4,500 euro and one from the watersports shop around the corner is a hernia. Should you decide to go out with the family on a leisurely day out, then a sundeck and a comfortable two-seater behind the console is a much better idea. Compare this to the Spartan-looking layout of a Roughneck in rally attire! It’s important to determine how and where the boat is going to be used. Roughneck is a good business partner which can advise you on the uses and needs of such a boat, what options to apply and all this is undertaken during a well-organised and thorough seatrial on a RIB.
Roughneck RIB’s are mainly equipped with Suzuki Outboards. However, coming in 2016 a new and eagerly awaited Dutch inboard diesel motor will be installed. This is a 12 cylinder of 500PK while its weight is almost half of the known brands in this capacity class. This won’t be a rally boat but a luxury tender which pendles from an anchored yacht to the shore.
The standard Roughneck model involves a choice of sizes in four lengths: a 5,5m, 6m, 8m and the 1010. These are all available in a sport or leisure model. The prices for these boats are higher than the RIB’s series rolled off the line. When quality is taken into consideration then comparison becomes difficult. Roughneck Marine is the only manufacturer delivering without concession, a highly professional quality in a singular configuration for watersports.
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