The world’s leading aluminium hulled RIB manufacturer, Highfield Boats, has become Official Supplier to Alex Thomson Racing.
To announce the partnership, the ocean racing team and boat builder today unveiled a brand new rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB), developed and supplied by Highfield Boats specifically for use by Skipper Alex Thomson and his team.
The 9m custom-branded black RIB mirrors the brand identity of the team’s new HUGO BOSS boat, set to launch officially on 19th September. A striking pink A-frame echoes the fluro pink showcased on the IMOCA racing boat’s coach roof, keel and rudders – a first for the IMOCA class. Meanwhile the RIB’s canopy features the same carbon-inspired silver pattern – devised by industrial designer Karim Rashid – seen on the foredeck of the cutting-edge HUGO BOSS yacht. The RIB’s Twin Honda BF250 engines and offshore hull design make her fast and extremely capable in all weathers.
Since launching in 2011, Highfield Boats has developed into a worldwide boat builder and to date have delivered over 22,000 RIBs in over 40 Countries. The business offers a complete range of RIBs from small 2.4 tenders, all the way through to a full line of heavy-duty commercial RIBs. With dealers and distributors strategically located across the globe, Highfield Boats has become the top choice worldwide for families, yacht clubs and international mariners.
Highfield Boats’ range of RIBs feature exclusive powder-coated aluminium hulls and are developed specifically to withstand the toughest of conditions on the water.
“Having access to a well-designed, reliable RIB for use in the many locations in which we operate is crucial for our team” said Skipper Alex Thomson. “When it came to selecting a partner, Highfield Boats was the clear choice for us because of their broad product range and their reputation for durability and performance. Our custom-designed RIB is the perfect way for our team, and our guests, to travel”.
Steve Harrison, Highfield Boats European Brand Manager said “To ally Highfield Boats with one of the top global sailing teams matches perfectly with our brand identity. When aspiring to work with world-renowned sailors, you don’t look much further that Alex Thomson. Developing a high tech, high powered chase RIB for such a high tech IMOCA has been an incredible project for us. Our Engine Partner, Honda, has provided the reliability and efficiency that we have come to expect over the last seven years. I very much look forward to seeing this RIB in action.”