Beach Buggy

CW senior editor Bill Springer test drives an amphibious RIB.

As I learned during a pretty stormy late summer day, the Sealegs 7.1 Meter RIB is not you're average RIB. It drew a crowd at the launch ramp when we simply drove into the water in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but we were the only boat out in the steep chop outside of the breakwater. Underway, it performed just like a RIB with a 165-horsepower outboard should and took the choppy conditions in stride. Driving out of the water (and on to the beach for that matter) was just as easy as driving in. Sure, this is not a RIB that'll take the place of your tender, but hey, when was the last time you drove your tender on land?