Of the standard RIB's that I've seen close up, the Highfields are a step above the others. A lot of it's in the details that are not obvious from brochure photos. There are little details that they just put more thought into, like the hemming of the grab handles, and the nylon washers that isolate all the SS hardware
attaching the bow locker hinges, and the SS rings that are pressed into the lift
points to prevent your lift
shackles from wearing through the aluminum
. The bow locker lid fits and seals
well, many competitors it isn't bent right and has gaps. Also, the way the transom gussets are welded to doublers on the hull
that spread the load. The only other brand that comes close, from what I've seen is AB. AB also has the advantage of being able to order them in bare aluminum
, so you don't have to deal with failing powdercoats or paints.
The OC Tenders look amazing, the only downside I can see is price
, and you don't get as deep a V in the hull
, which some say reduces it's stability in rough conditions. But that also makes it plane up faster and with less power. Also, you can apparently order those with a sailing kit, which would be a no-brainer to me.