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SanJuan SJ32RIB

by Bruce Hedrick

San Juan Composites LLC, the same folks who brought you the very popular San Juan 38, San Juan 40 FB, and San Juan 48, have just announced that they are getting into the luxury RIB (rigid inflatable boat) business with their new SanJuan SJ32R.

The growing demand for safe, high performance, rough water capable RIB’s in the 30 to 40 foot range prompted them to design and build the SJ32 RIB. The SJ32 RIB combines high speed rough water capability with state of the art design, engineering and composite construction to handle the rugged, no-nonsense environment of any ocean or waterway. Working with the San Juan Yachts design team, they have designed a hull, which provides comfort and sea keeping in extremely difficult sea conditions yet allows for higher speed cruising in calm to moderate sea conditions.

SanJuan 32R7-17-13 1smAt 32.25’ L.O.A. x 10.25’ beam inflated, the SJ32 RIB offers a premium level of interior space in a highly functional interior / exterior pilothouse layout. The pilothouse model offers both an open aft pilothouse with canvas enclosure or a removable composite aft bulkhead with windows and a door.  TheSJ32 RIB comes complete with an extensive list of standard equipment as well as offering many optional items that enable the owner to personalize the boat to match their intended use.  The boat may be personalized and customized for a wide variety of ocean adventures including all weather commuting, fishing, snorkeling, diving, cruising and coastal exploration. Accommodations have been made to carry both kayaks and paddle boards.  At just 8’ – 4” beam with tubes deflated, and just 7000 lbs., the SJ32 RIB is easily moved over the road by trailer to your favorite destination or for economical dry storage.

Performance for the SJ32 RIB is, as you would expect from San Juan Yachts, absolutely stunning with a cruise speed of 30 knots plus a top speed of over 55 knots with the optional twin 300 HP Mercury Verado outboards. Both experienced boaters and novices will appreciate that the SJ32 RIB has been designed to be extremely maneuverable with outboard engines mounted apart for better balance, stability and most importantly maneuverability. Maneuvering is further simplified with the installation of the Mercury Verado Joystick system that provides joystick docking with one handed finger tip control. This system allows the SJ32 RIB to maneuver sideways and spin 360 degrees in its own length making docking simple. The Mercury Skyhook Virtual Anchor feature will hold the boat in one place in wind or current. The combination of exceptional maneuverability and rugged inflatable Hypalon tubes makes docking or coming along side another vessel a simple, stress free procedure with little possibility of incident.

Most importantly, as longtime readers of Northwest Yachting know, one of the things we like the most is that the SJ32 RIB is proudly built in the Pacific Northwest in Anacortes Washington using the American Bureau of Shipping, DNV and ISO 12215 rules as guidelines. Machinery and equipment are installed using the rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard and the American Boat and Yacht Council as guidelines. The result is a handsome, safe, high performance, rough water ready RIB for the boat owner looking for quality, attention to detail, diversity of use and value.

As we go to press in August, we’re not sure if the SJ32 RIB is going to be completed in time for the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show however we do know that regardless, it will be well-worth waiting for this remarkable craft.

Specifications: LOA-32.25’(9.83m), Beam Inflated-10-25’(3.12m), Beam Deflated-8.33’(2.54m), Draft-2.66’(0.81m), Draft Motors up-1.91’(0.58m), Displ-7,000lbs(3,175kg), Fuel-162 US gal(612 l), Propulsion-Twin Mercury 250 HP Verado’s.

Builder:  San Juan Composites, LLC, 502 34th Street, Anacortes, WA  Tel.  360-299-3790


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