Marine News from the Great Lakes

New 2021 Sport Collection from Highfield Redefines the RIB

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Whether you are a Great Looper, a Chicago-to-Mackinac racer in search of the perfect tender, or you’re looking for a versatile day boat to take you on a wide range of waterborne adventures, the new Highfield Boats Sport collection has the right RIB for you. Reflecting the next generation of design and engineering from the world’s leading builder of aluminum-hulled RIBs, Highfield’s new 11-boat Sport series, which runs from 9'10" to 26', will redefine your concept of the rigid inflatable boat.

These RIBs are rugged, stable, and a dream to dock, thanks to their durable—yet forgiving—ORCA® Hypalon or Valmex® PVC tubes. Powered by easy-maintenance outboard engines, they offer breathtaking performance thanks to the efficiency of their heavy-duty, high tensile chromated and powder-coated aluminum hulls. But what truly takes the new Highfield Sport collection RIBs to the next level is their all-new, Italian-inspired interior design.

Luxury Features & Amenities

The sleek, new Highfield Sport collection features luxurious diamond-stitch upholstery throughout the entire range. High-quality EVA foam faux-teak decking, LED deck lighting, and electric bilge pumps are standard on all the RIBS. Models starting at 17 feet and up also are equipped with tinted windshields and swim platforms with easy-to-climb telescopic ladders. The long list of options includes watersports tow posts and bimini tops. Sunpads and sport arches are available on the larger models, as well as built-in freshwater showers.

You can choose from six different color options for your new Highfield Sport. You’ll also want to check out the optional carbon fiber dash. These sharp-looking RIBs are sure to turn heads in the marina, whether you’re heading in from your mother boat for supplies or heading out on an afternoon adventure.

Ergonomic Tenders

No matter what size swim platform, tender garage, or boat deck your yacht may have, you can find the perfect-size tender in the Highfield Sport collection. The Highfield SP300, SP330, and SP360 are compact, easy-to-store RIBs featuring three lifting points, excellent weight distribution, integrated fuel tanks, and a well-thought-out interior layout. The SP390, SP420, and SP460 models, which have fuel tanks tucked below the deck, are the ideal “tender-to” larger motor and sailing yachts. Their ergonomic layouts include large bow steps for easy boarding and comfortable seating. The dash also has room for a 7" chartplotter to help you navigate safely.

Dynamic Day Boats

Built for performance, the Highfield SP520 and SP560 are designed to be the most capable RIBs in their size range on the market today. Their full sundeck option makes a great platform for sunbathing or casting a line. Moving up, the 650 and 700 models are based on the successful high-performance hull used for chase boats in major sailing events like the Extreme Sailing Series.
These sleek RIBs are equally suited to serving as superyacht tenders or luxury day boats for owners who like to feel the wind in their hair. Their upright consoles have tall tinted windscreens and grabrails. Their dashboards accommodate a larger chartplotter. A wide bow step with roller and cleat make for easy anchoring; the bow area also converts to a sundeck lounge. These RIBs’ internal layout emphasizes comfort, with tables and cup holders in all the right places. Watersports are a snap thanks to their spacious swim platforms and tow post or sport arch options.

Flagship of the Fleet

The queen of the Highfield Sport series is the SP800, a sleek, high-performance RIB with a stepped hull created by racing-hull designer Petter Martens. The pinnacle of the line’s new interior design, the SP800 features ergonomic helm seats as well as full bow and stern sundecks as standard equipment. Options include electronics, galley with sink, fridge and cooking island, and a private toilet compartment, allowing you to stay out on the water longer.

“Highfield has made a major investment in developing the new Sport lineup, along with extending our warranty to be the best in the business,” said Highfield Boats USA General Manager Tom Watson. “We are committed to providing the finest quality RIBs with the highest level of service so you can enjoy your time on the water safely and with peace of mind.”

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