Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
I n a world awash with acronyms that don’t quite work, it’s nice to find one that rolls easily off the tongue: Yolo – You only live once. That’s the name of a Brig 610 Navigator RIB, family play boat to the Carlson family. Peter Carlson at Family Boats imports several models in the Brig range of high quality RIBs. Yolo was named by his daughter Charlie and lives on a Jet Dock at their Pauanui holiday home. Brig is the biggest-selling brand of RIBs in Europe and manufactured in the Ukraine. It’s strong in Australia, but remains relatively unknown in New Zealand. That situation could change if Yolo is typical of the range, as Carlson insists it is, and Family boats has already sold 40 Brig RIBs in various sizes. The boat reviewed here is equipped with a Yamaha 115hp four-stroke. The light and darker grey colour scheme with white highlights looks good and should be practical, more so than the usual all-white. Orca Hypalon 50cm diameter, five-chamber tubes are the best available and the hull, decks and console are moulded fibreglass, also in grey. FACTORY FINISHED Brig RIBs arrive in New Zealand factory-finished. They’re modular in construction and require minimal assembly when they arrive here, but Carlson adds a few features to suit New Zealand boating. These include a non-standard transom arch which works better for diving and fishing than the standard one and provides a tow point for water sports. Brig hulls are designed from scratch as RIBs with a particularly robust tube With fibreglass mouldings and robust inflatable tubes, a RIB manufactured in Ukraine is proving a stylish performer on New Zealand waters. LIVE ONCE You only Words by John Eichelsheim Photos by Bryce Taylor subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 67 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 67 Tested_Calson rib_March14.indd 67 19/02/2014 8:34:54 a.m.
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