The Pirelli 42 is the first model in a new line of walkaround RIBs. It’s equally suited to be a large-yacht tender, a beefy chase boat or a stand-alone day cruiser, thanks to its bold design, its high-level performance and its sizable number of amenities.
SACS TecnoRib produces the Pirelli 42 in design collaboration with the Swedish firm Mannerfelt Design Team. Mannerfelt also has a background in designing fast, luxurious automobiles, which is evident in the Pirelli 42’s style. It has a chic, aggressive exterior. The raked windshield integrates into the RIB’s hardtop, supported by twin sculpted pillars for a screaming-fast look.
Side plexiglass windscreens protect the helm’s occupants from the elements. The boat’s beefy, 13-foot-6-inch beam makes it feel larger than 42 feet length overall and allows for 14 passengers on board.
At the helm are triple-bolstered armchair seats, twin 16-inch Simrad multifunction displays with full system controls, Mercury throttles and a joystick for close-quarters boathandling, and a Simrad VHF radio. The single-pane windshield and minimal bow rise coming up on plane mean unobstructed visibility forward at all times.
Abaft the helm station is an entertainment center with a double-drawer fridge, a sink, a grill and a flip-top dining table.
The interior cabin has a dinette that converts to a 6-foot-8-inch berth. There is a separate head. Belowdecks, headroom is 6 feet, making the cabin viable for weekend cruising. Additional onboard features include an electric windlass and anchor, a bow thruster, tilt steering, an aft machine compartment, teak decking, LED lighting, a 10-gallon hot-water heater, a generator, cabin air conditioning, an ice maker and a bow awning for naps in the shade. These are not typical features on tenders, and they allow for a more comfortable style of RIB cruising.
Everywhere around the Pirelli 42, low-profile grab rails enhance the safety factor. Side fold-down steps make boarding easier.
You’ll want to be seated or holding on tight when the exhilarating 60-knot thrill ride begins. On plane, not only are the pontoons out of the water, reducing drag, but they also knock down the waves, resulting in an extremely dry ride throughout the vessel’s speed range. Handling is race-car accurate with no slippage. The new Pirelli 42 can be used in myriad settings, and all of them have fun included.
The boat’s rigid bottom allows the hull’s multi-strakes and steps to work efficiently with the sea, maximizing seakeeping ability. The four-chamber dual pontoons add stability and side protection. In hard-over turns, the 42 will lean only so far, making for a more enjoyable ride.
The Pirelli 42 has a sun pad forward. At the peak is an aft-facing sofa. On the aft deck, there is a sun pad with a pivoting backrest.