Sacs Marine’s Strider 22 meter Mega-Rib by Christian Grande
Setting a new course for a very different type of vessel.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Years back now, when I first set out on my trials, travels, and adventures on my watery quest for all things nautical, I had a rubber boat. It was, in those days, a yellow affair, perhaps 10 feet long, if both my mind’s eye and memory serve me well, with a pair of plastic oars, a patch kit, and a foot-powered air pump. Not knowing too much about the local currents in the particular area where my friend and I set out, Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer-like one day, we, of course, drifted off into the channel and, regardless of our attempts to go the other way, were heading out to sea when a passing boat, seeing our dilemma, gave us a tow back to the dock. (Years later, finding the ‘ducky’ rolled up in my garage, I donated it to a local Sea Scout troop.)
Anyway, the point of my momentary remembrance is that rubber boats, now called inflatable/RIBs, have come an awfully long way since then and one of them in particular, has definitely caught my eye.
Christian Grande, an award-winning yacht designer with such prestigious brands such as Picchio Boat, Sessa, and Sanlorenzo, and the creative mind behind Italia Veloce Bikes, has teamed up with Sacs Marine to launch the Strider 22 meter (72+ feet) mega-rib concept yacht. The boat’s design is an indication of a growing trend in the boat building sector where tastes and the ‘next big thing’ are constantly changing.
The choices made by both designer and builder has resulted in a multi-purpose vessel that can fulfill the needs of many boaters around the world in a variety of applications. Aesthetic qualities as well as well thought out use of space are combined with selected materials, colors, and exciting interior offerings for a truly customizable experience for its owners.
The bow area, for example, is spacious and comfortable with generous cushions, a central seating area with retractable sofas and table that can be covered with an awning. Aft, the Strider 22 offers a swim platform and stairway, with the latter being able to be lifted up to gain access to the garage in which the tender can be hauled in via a specially designed servo platform.