There is very little in the world of powerboats as impressive as the sheer spectacle of scale. Take the Sacs Strider 18 (full review on boats.com) for instance. As a 57-foot RIB with a 17-foot beam, a weight of 19 tonnes, a pair of 1,200hp engines and the ability to shift 22 people over big seas at speeds of up to 52 knots, it is diverting in the most blunt and elemental way. However, as promised at the 2014 Cannes Boat Show, that longstanding Sacs flagship has now been outdone by something even more extraordinary.
Yes, the new Strider 19 is here – and with four extra feet in length, another foot in the beam and a further three tonnes in weight, Sacs is calling it “the biggest tender ever made”. While that seems like a rather outlandish boast, there’s no doubt that the megayacht skipper in search of a standout RIB tender will find plenty to like...
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Plenty to like...
Boat number one comes with twin Caterpillar 1,150hp engines for a top end of around 50 knots – and although that’s a couple of knots less than its smaller sibling, fuel capacity has been usefully ramped up by 50 per cent (to 3,000 litres) and water capacity has also increased to 300 litres. Elsewhere, alfresco deck space remains the key priority, with a huge “beach area" capable of accommodating up to 22 people – but as on the smaller Strider 18, that very committed design emphasis means the below decks area is modest at best, with just two cabins accommodating a maximum of five people.
Now plainly, as a 60-foot RIB, the new Strider 19 will garner plenty of attention from open-mouthed spectators, but given that it offers the same engine options, carrying capacity, CE category and overnighting ability as the smaller Strider 18, this remarkable new boat is not quite the technical tour de force some might have hoped to see.
LOA: 18.3 m
Beam: 5.45 m
Dry displacement: 21.6 tonnes
Maximum horsepower: 2 x 1,200 hp
Propulsion: surface drives
Maximum speed: 50 knots
People capacity: 22
CE category: B
Styling: Christian Grande
Hull design: Naiad