Marine professionals depend on RIBs in the line of duty for a number of reasons. RIBs are lightweight, burn less fuel and need less horsepower to go faster—but can still accommodate large powerplants. The inflatable collar makes them durable and less prone to damage when docking or in the event of a collision. It also acts like a shock absorber for a stable, comfortable ride.
I’ve spotted RIBs all over the Med, serving as capable, family-friendly dayboats or tenders among the superyacht crowd—and their presence and LOA is growing stateside. The luxuriously appointed Technohull Omega 45 should help things move along nicely.
And move it will. The Greek builder says their flagship 45 will blast across the sea at 78 knots when equipped with optional quad, 400-hp Mercury Racing outboards. Even with her standard package of three Merc 400s she’ll see 70 knots. The yard also offers inboard diesel and surface drive combos in 350- and 400-hp options, a good choice to simplify fueling for those buyers who will use her in concert with a mothership.
When the Omega 45 premiered in Miami, I was among the first on board and stood amidships with my back toward the dock. I admired the subtle upward rake of the black, tinted glass hardtop and how well the organized, carbon fiber dash contrasted with the teak decks and gunwale boards, the latter a nice touch for safe boarding. A quartet of shock-absorbing bolster seats in finely stitched leather ensured comfort and safety while at speed, with a galley just aft. If desired, a double bench can replace the galley; however, there’s already additional seating for eight guests both aft and at the foredeck.