Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Rayglass Boats offers a range of rigid inflatable vessels from 25 to 41 feet long in its Protector line, as well as line of conventional fiberglass hull-and-deck models in its Legend series. The company’s most recent Protector Targa 410 offering is equipped with a pair of Mercury Marine Verado 600 outboard engines, which according to a Rayglass press release makes it the world’s most powerful outboard-powered RIB.
The Rayglass Protector 410 Targa is the first RIB to be outfitted with Mercury Marine Verado 600 outboard engines.
“We wanted to build a boat that could outperform everything on the water—this is the result,” said A combination of smart engine technology and the advanced hull gives the vessel incredibly responsive handling,” said Dave Larsen, the chief executive officer of Rayglass Boats, in the release. “Meanwhile, the 1,200 hp of the twin engines means it has the acceleration and speed of a supercar on the water.”
As previously reported on speedonthewater.com, the 7.6-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 outboard engines boast automatic two-speed transmissions, fixed powerheads thank to their steerable lower-units with counter rotating propellers and electro-hydraulic steering. Rayglass had to reinforce the 41-footer’s transom to handle the 600-hp outboards, which not only weigh 1,200 to 1,300 pounds depending on dress but deliver reportedly massive torque. (Mercury Marine does not list torque-outputs for its outboard engines.)
“The V-12 Verado outboard delivers boaters unrivalled freedom, luxury and power to pursue their passions on the water, the president of Fond du Lac, Wis.-based Mercury Marine. “This is a remarkable engine that will change the future of boating.”
One of a handful Rayglass team members to have piloted the Verado 600-equipped Protector Targa 410, Larsen agreed.
“These are the world’s most powerful and advanced engines on the world’s most capable RIB vessel,” he said. “Cruising in this is the most fun you can have on the water.”