Maybe it is difficult to believe but in The Netherlands life jackets are not required by law. Strangly enough you only have to have them on board. Killcords are required ofcourse and we always wear them. For the film we decided not to wear lifejackets because we wanted a more lifestyle feeling. Just look at promo films on other companies which selll superyacht tenders and you will see the same.
The topspeed of this X8.5 is 64knots. This client wanted a easy to drive tender, so we built it as he wanted. We can also make it go faster but then you need a different setup and an expert driver etc.. We build our RIB exactly to the customers needs.
So please don't think that the dutch are irresponsible.
By the way, yes it was fresh water and my Volvo is still good!
I love the Bananashark Cookee.