This R.I.B. is almost bulletproof
Take a deep breath and read on. The Nautica 41 is no-nonsense, brawny, and much bigger in person than you’d expect. It’s also supremely versatile.
Originally designed for U.S. Special Operations Command as a high-speed attack craft that could carry up to 35 commandos, the Nautica 41 is well suited as a family weekender, fishing platform, dive platform, America’s Cup chase boat, or megayacht tender.
This example is equipped with a big T-top, immense sun-pads fore and aft, a teak sole, and storage area's fore and aft that are quite large.
There is wide seating at the big helm and a spacious console full of easy to read electronics. Forward, a hatch lifts (powered by gas, so you don’t have to strain your back) to reveal a head and/or storage.
Powered by twin Yanmar 315 hp diesels with Mercruiser Bravo III Diesel outdrives the current owner reports speeds in excess of 45 knots.
Underway, there is an immediate feeling of security on the 41. The boat with diesels weighs just 13,500 pounds, but the surge of acceleration is startling.
Certainly the most notable aspect of the handling is that the 41 comes up to speed without needing trim tabs to climb over its bow wave. It simply levitates onto a plane, with no bow rise and no fuss. One moment you’re idling along, the next the wind is whistling past and the spray is flung wide to each side.
This is a dry, soft-riding deep-V hull that slips over waves without pounding or soaking the occupant. It’s easy to see why the military and police, like Florida’s Broward County Sheriffs, have Nautica hulls.
Hit the button to raise the engine cover, it’s obvious that a lot of military specifications have carried over to the civilian side. The engine room is well finished, with fuel transfer switches, fuel filters and other gear solidly bolted into place and accessible.
Construction is equally husky, with a Kevlar/fiberglass mix in the hull and sturdy tubes of Hypalon polyester that are cold-cemented for strength. For pleasure boaters, this combination is bulletproof; if you’re using the 41 in military service, well, it’s just a phrase.
But if you do plan to ride into battle (fishing most likely) the Nautica 41 is the perfect choice.