Arcata, Calif., May 27, 2009 – Originally developed for Special Ops applications, Wing Inflatables’ new RibSki™ dramatically improves personal watercraft (PWC) stability, provides quicker hole-shot performance, affords ample room for critical equipment and protects the PWC hull from impact. The RibSki features an aluminum hull and polyurethane collar combination that can be easily affixed or removed from most standard PWC hulls.
“The RibSki isn’t for the casual user,” said Wing president and founder Bill Wing. “It’s designed for extreme conditions – rapids, surf rescue, tight places with shallow water – places you go because you have to, not because you want to.”
Wing is quick to point out that the RibSki’s additional 280 pounds does not impede the PWC performance. “If anything, the RibSki enhances the PWC’s performance,” he said. “The additional hull surface area means you get up on plane quicker. And the collar helps you keep the right side up when things get dicey.”
Aside from enhancing lateral stability and providing fendering, the polyurethane collar provides flotation in the event of catastrophic damage. “If you impact something that breaches the aluminum hull and holes your PWC, at least you aren’t going to sink,” said Wing.
According to Wing, the RibSki is designed to take two or three people and gear into tight spots bigger RIBs cannot access – with the additional advantages of PWC speed and maneuverability. “The RibSki gives you the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost of a comparably equipped RIB – if such a thing even existed,” he said. “And it doesn’t.”
The RibSki comes complete with the necessary hardware for adoption to most popular PWC hulls. Demonstration rides will be conducted during the MACC conference, June 16-18. For more information, call 386-423-1185.
About Wing Inflatables
Headquartered in Arcata, Calif., Wing Inflatables produces superior quality, extremely durable inflatable boats, RIBs, closed-cell foam collars and a vast array of products for specialty applications serving commercial markets. Wing is the largest supplier of inflatable tubes for RIBs in service with the United States Navy. For more information, visit http://www.wing.com or call 707-826-2887.