The Eagle 10 has landed
The much-anticipated go-anywhere Brig Eagle 10, the largest and most versatile model designed and built by this specialist in rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), is poised to launch, and Australian boaties are lined up to be the first to own this incredible new flagship craft.
“It’s the most exciting launch in the history of Brig,” states Neil Webster, Australian distributor at Sirocco Marine. “It will be the largest at 10m, with twin 300hp engines for loads of oomph. The Eagle 10 will be a true 50 knot boat, and even more thrilling than its speed and stability – the array of unique features will make it a fantastic day boat and weekender suited to all kinds of uses.”
The Eagle 10 was conceived as the ultimate RIB cruiser. It boasts a deep-V-hull that ensures a dry, smooth ride. It’s more stable, lightweight and low-maintenance than its hard-sided counterparts, and it’s virtually unsinkable due to the Hypalon tubes and their buoyancy and durability.
In addition, it features comfortable seats, a convertible table and sun deck, a sink unit that can accommodate a fridge/stove, a convenient stern swim platform with folding ladder and outdoor shower kit, plus a well-appointed cabin complete with double bed.
For family fun, as an island hopper, luxury boat tender, chase boat, aquatic sport platform, coastal cruising and more, the Eagle 10 delivers.
“People are queuing to see it,” says Webster. “We already have six or so orders ahead of its launch next week and Australian delivery in April.”
This conveys the broader trend of a growing market for RIBS. “There is certainly demand for larger inflatables now that market and our loyal customers are accustomed to the idea of a RIB as a main boat. Once you’ve had one, you won’t go back!”
Among the first parties to express their interest is long-time Brig client, Cary Redstone and his family of “die-hard boaties”, currently owners of an Eagle 780, named Phase 5 which they bought in 2015.
“We have squeezed every last ounce out of our Brig,” he says, referring to the days afloat on Sydney Harbour with his wife and two daughters, whales watching, cruising the myriad bays, dinners at Darling Harbour and regular fireworks spectaculars, plus trips to Pittwater and the occasional spontaneous roundtrip to Nelson Bay.
“These boats are all about the journey,” he explains. “The on-water experience is what matters. We love to shoot up to Manly from our berth at Birkenhead Point or over to Darling Harbour for a pizza. It costs $15 to park it, we have dinner and then tootle home enjoying the evening on the Harbour and all the sights, sounds and sea air.”
The Brig Eagle 10 will be Redstone’s fourth and largest RIB, destined to be named Phase 6. Phase 1 was a jetski, 2 bigger jetski, 3 a RIB, 4 a bigger RIB with bigger engine and Phase 5 was their Eagle 780.
“We are ready for bigger, better and with more cruising range,” Cary asserts. “RIBs handle exceptionally well, they’re stable and safe even in rough waters, allow year-round boating and are economical to run. Brig RIBS are noteworthy for the quality of the materials, designs and exceptional service from Neil and the team. Nothing is too much bother.”
Like a swag of other boaties, Redstone says he is “dying to see it” and bought his on the basis of the company’s first renders, so impressed was he with the boat’s profile and potential.
“The Brig Eagle 10 changes everything,” he says. “We will be able stay out overnight in comfort and roam further afield. We are already planning to take it from Sydney to Surfers (Paradise!)”
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