ZAR is an Italian manufacturer which has been building inflatables since 1979. We act as the UK importer. The design of the range does differ from a conventional RIB in that the forward bow section is rigid GRP as opposed to an inflatable collar.
The reason for this is that the hull features a very fine forward entry, which then "rolls" out to form tunnels, which channel air towards the aft section of the hull. The result of this is a ride which is extremely composed and soft riding.
A by-product of this shape is that a large internal volume is created, so for the size of boat the ZAR is very spacious. The transom of the RIB is in line with the rearmost point of the sponsons and the forwardmost section of the hull is in line with the most forward part of the tubes, so a 6.5m ZAR has a 6.5m hull length.
This hull design is the result of a long process of research and develoment and has a number of patents. The product is well established in the mediterranean, where it is highly regarded and has a strong following, with a number of bareboat charter fleets operating them because of their, ease of driving, robust build and longevity.
The unique internal arrangement has a huge amount of built in storage and seating which we believe will appeal to customers looking for a multi purpose, family friendly craft. We don't expect it to appeal to the "hardened" ribber, who prefers jockey seats and foot straps and do all weather ribbing, so horses for courses! However we do think the high quality construction, excellent finish, abundance of seating and storage, sunbathing space, soft ride and competitive pricing has a place in the UK market.
The test in Boat Mart is the smaller 5.3m model, which was done in quite light conditions. The conditions during the test of the 65 were well below the boat's capabilities. The photograph of the boat airbourne was taken crossing the wash of the Red Funnel ferry at full throttle.
We have a demonstrator of the 65 available in Southampton, you are more than welcome to come for a personal demonstration at any time.
Please see http://www.formenti-forsea.it/en/filosofia.htm
for more information on the hull design.