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Sirocco Marine Will Unveil its New Fluid Watercraft 1060 at the Miami Boat Show

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

With its full lineup of Brig and Fluid Watercraft RIBs, the dealership’s display at Booth C206 will have the largest selection of inflatables at any North American boat show.

Sirocco Marine Fort Lauderdale has announced that it will be unveiling its new Fluid Watercraft 1060 at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show on Feb. 15-19. In addition, with its full lineup of Brig and Fluid RIBs, the dealership will display the largest selection of inflatables at any North American boat show; its booth, C206, has a whopping 6,000 square feet of exhibit space.

At 35 feet, the new Fluid 1060 is the largest offshore-fishing RIB built to date. Less expensive and more fuel-efficient than a fiberglass counterpart, the 1060 features double rows of seats, baitwells, a coffin box for keeping fish fresh or provisions cold, rod holders, a bait-cutting table, and even a head compartment. And with its twin 350-horsepower Yamaha engines, it can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour.

According to Boyd Tomkies, Sirocco Marine-Fort Lauderdale’s owner, the RIB’s modular construction allows each model to be semi-custom.

“Last year, we did all the design and tooling for modular boats,” Tomkies explained. “Owners can choose the components that meet their needs. In the case of this Fluid 1060, we chose the modules that would give us the seating, console and layout we wanted, we plugged those in and added the fishing elements, and then we had our final design.

“Any owner can do that,” he continued. “Simply choose components A, B, C; put them together so they fit, see what it looks like, and determine the price.”

The concept is resonating with boat buyers. A new production facility in Georgia is now in operation to help meet the rapidly growing demand.

All Fluid Watercraft RIBs feature commercial-grade, removable, ORCA Hypalon main buoyancy tubes, which can be removed and replaced easily—and will last longer than polyurethane in the lower latitudes.

In addition, the boats’ rigid-hull components are constructed using vacuum-infused resin technology rather than hand-laid, hand-rolled fiberglass. With this method, molds are loaded with dry fiberglass-engineered fabric and vacuum sealed before the resin feed line is opened. In just minutes, this draws the precise amount of resin to saturate the fiberglass laminate, which eliminates voids and any excess fiberglass and resin build-up.

The vacuum-infusion process allows the builder to create a lighter, stronger boat; save on excess material; and provide additional savings on the back end, since owners will be able to use smaller engines and still exceed expectations for performance and fuel economy.

Fluid Watercraft represents and builds the world’s premier large RIBs for recreational, commercial and military use, tailoring its solutions to meet customer needs. Its partner, South Africa-based Gemini Marine, has been building boats since 1979, delivering some of the most reliable, safest and softest-riding RIBs on the market; taking the best of what Gemini has to offer, Fluid Watercraft has developed a line of high-performance boats to meet and exceed the demands of the North American market.

For more information about Sirocco Marine and its line of RIBs from Brig Boats and Fluid Watercraft, visit www.siroccomarine.com. For details about Fluid Watercraft, visit www.FluidBoats.com. And to view the new Fluid Watercraft 1060, visit Booth C206 at the Miami International Boat Show on Feb. 15-19.


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