Ukrainian RIB builder Brig Boats opened Brig USA’s second founding dealership in Annapolis, Md.
Sirocco Marine Annapolis offers the full line of Brig Boats, as well as Sealegs Amphibious Boats, Fluid Watercraft and Honda Marine. Visitors will see models from 10 to 36 feet, ranging from tenders and recreational watercraft to commercial and government vessels. They can also test models.
Sirocco Marine owner Vince Palmeri is a New England native who has experience with military/professional and recreational RIBs.
“My recreational boating experience was all in hard-sided boats, but in my professional life I became a RIB enthusiast,” Palmeri said in a statement. “There’s no safer, more stable, more enjoyable platform for boating. They can be utilitarian, and they’re great tenders, but they’re also family-friendly and extremely versatile for a variety of water-based sports and activities.
“In my opinion, RIBs are underappreciated as a primary boat in this country,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about bumping into anything because your boat is essentially a fender. The stability provided by the main buoyancy tube allows you to do things you can’t with a hard-sided boat. And you have a ride-softening shock absorber with the main tube; it’s designed to engage the top surface of the wave and carry you over the top.”
Brig USA’s founding dealerships — Sirocco Marine Fort Lauderdale and Sirocco Marine Annapolis — are essentially Brig USA franchisees. The company said they will work closely with Brig USA leadership to ensure that customers receive a first-class experience and have the opportunity to build rewarding, long-term relationships.