Highfield HX76 review: This offshore RIB offers serious value for money

An open RIB may not be the obvious choice for adventure cruising but the Highfield HX76 offers much more than your ordinary RIB

First and foremost it has an aluminium hull rather than a GRP one. As well as being usefully lighter than most of its 7-8m competitors (875kg ex-engine), this also means it’s robust and easy to repair. Then there’s its unusually deep-vee hull design, boasting a knife-like 24° deadrise at the transom for cutting through the waves.

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