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Best for Australasian Waters

Best for Australasian Waters

Now, more than ever, consumers are expressing a preference for inflatable boats over traditional sea craft.

“The market is beginning to see the extensive benefits of weight saving and increased performance, with the added bonus of cost savings on fuel and the initial purchase of a smaller engine,” Richard Macalister, director of Southern Pacific Inflatables (SPI) explains.

With an influx of poorly built boats, mostly out of Asia, Richard, together with Dean Barker, both being international yachtsmen, had a vision to bring back locally crafted boats for Australasian waters that are built to last.

SPI integrates the best quality materials to ensure that their boats withstand the harsh marine conditions prevalent in this part of the world. Richard says, “Sourcing the highest quality fabric is paramount for producing inflatables for the Southern Hemisphere. We use the highest quality Valmex PVC and Orca Hyperlon from Europe to ensure that they can withstand the harsh UV levels we experience.”

The tubes are digitally plotted and machine-cut for perfect symmetry and shape, then thermally welded for a super strong bond. Fixing to aluminium means it is not only lighter than other options, but far more robust. The engineered V-structure of the hull provides maximum comfort in rough sea conditions, giving a very smooth ride. The tube design means spray is minimised. These boats are also very stable at rest.

Being lightweight makes SPI Inflatables the attractive choice for easy launch and recovery, as well as the added bonus of having high engine power-to-weight ratio. The Cormorant 550, for example, weighs 675kg when fully equipped, over 100kg lighter than some other options the same size.

The buoyancy levels of inflatables have proven a safety advantage over traditional boats. Moreover, you can carry more gear and more people with a smaller boat. From 2-metre tenders to 6-metre chase boats, SPI’s experience and skill enable them to cater to the different customer needs – from rescue craft to super yacht tenders.

From the 14-metre Hypalon tubes for the Coast Guard to the 2-metre soft-bottom dinghies, simple interior design means there are many different seating and console fit-out options from which customers can choose. SPI also has extensive accessory options including: esky seats, anchor lockers, ski archers, Railblaza cleats, or additional seats. Fixed and removable wheel options make the ride up the beach a lot easier.

The benefits of SPI RIBs make an attractive option for diving, fishing, skiing, or simply cruising. SPI can also create your very own reliable, word-class and uncomplicated craft, tailored to your needs.

SPI has been producing durable, seaworthy inflatables for almost 30 years, so you have peace of mind with a product manufactured in a world-class facility just outside Auckland by a quality and reputable company.

There are plenty of reasons why SPI Inflatables are the best option for Australasian conditions. So with summer here, see these reasons for yourself, and come view the range of quality durable inflatables at MeTender Boats at 8 Waterway Drive, Coomera, Queensland.



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