Known as Bear Grylls RIBs, the range comprises four boats - the BG 500, 650, 850 and 1100 - and all are constructed by Dutch commercial builder, Madera. Given Britain’s ingrained maritime heritage, unparalleled history of adventure and enviable capacity for the production of world-class offshore RIBs, it’s a shame Bear selected a non-British boat builder - but there’s no doubting the pedigree of the marque…


Bear Grylls RIB

Bear Grylls Survival Packs are included as standard with all models

Best known for its military and commercial craft, Madera produces fast, rugged, offshore craft that it describes as ‘virtually indestructible’. It is apt then that the concept behind the new range is to ‘bring all the great elements of true offshore military spec RIBs to the everyday leisure market’. To that end, each BG model employs a hull constructed from aluminium, which is light, strong, easy to work, simple to repair and hugely durable. This is allied to solid foam tubes, which unlike inflatable tubes, do not expand or deflate with temperature variations. And because all four craft feature electrics and rigging designed to ‘withstand storm conditions’, we should expect not just a soft, dry ride and the capacity to endure a lifetime of impacts, but also a degree of hard-core commercial reliability that is very rare on a mainstream leisure boat.


Bear Grylls RIB

The manufacturers aim to bring military spec to the leisure market

As for the features list, that looks equally exciting, with fireproof fuel tanks, thickset engine guards, emergency grab bags, secondary electrical systems, IP67 waterproof consoles and Bear Grylls Survival Packs all included in the standard package. Of course, some might suggest that the BG flotilla is just a mini Madera fleet with some attractive Bear Grylls branding. And others might suggest that Bear Grylls’ tendency to ignore a serviceable staircase and roll down a hill in pursuit of drama is faintly ludicrous. But from the look of it, his new line of RIBs is much more about substance than show.

Look out for a full test report in the very near future…

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.