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VIDEO: New England Boatworks debuts new 35-foot RIB

New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, R.I., recently launched a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat — the Sea Blade 35, designed by Navatek, a naval research and design company based in Hawaii.

New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, R.I., recently launched a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat — the Sea Blade 35, designed by Navatek, a naval research and design company based in Hawaii.

The hull design provides 40 percent lower peak slamming forces and the boat hits speeds as high as 60-plus knots, according to the boatyard.

In the video, engineer Simon Day talks about the collaboration between Navatek and New England Boatworks and its deep-vee hull.

The aluminum boat is designed to go fast in “big seas,” Day said, explaining how the hull design provides shock absorption and cushioning. The boat is powered by two 300-hp Evinrude outboards.

Check out the video, which shows the boat speeding across open seas and Day discussing the design and engineering in detail.

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