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The looks of a superyacht chase boat in a family-friendly RIB – what’s not to like? Words: Hugo Andreae Photos: Ben Wood


SHEARWATER 890S W


The new 890 is available with inboard or outboard power and open or cuddy cabin deck designs


ow, this is not what I was expecting. The last Shearwater I tested was the diesel-powered Venture, which took part in last year’s RIB megatest. It was an excellent long-legged cruiser but it didn’t exactly set the pulse racing. This new 890S, on the other hand, is


a properly sexy bit of kit. With its glossy black hull, tapered Hypalon tubes, chunky stainless steel seat brackets and real teak decking it looks every inch the superyacht chase boat – particularly with that 300hp Verado hung off a race-style hydraulic jack plate.


SUPERYACHT STYLE It’s a clever ploy because although it looks like a £150,000 super RIB, the 890S actually costs around £90,000, positioning it neatly between the mainstream players and the top end alternatives from the likes of Goldfi sh, Scorpion and Pascoe. Bembridge Marine has done this by designing and engineering the 890S in the UK but then outsourcing the build to Greece, where lower labour rates and a skilled workforce can build it more cost effectively. The end result is a great looking RIB at an appealing price, but how does it actually perform? Nosing out of Bembridge harbour, the initial signs are promising.


The DAIS semi-suspension seats are an almost perfect half-way house between the security of a jockey seat and the comfort of a bucket seat, gripping you in all the right places regardless of whether you’re standing or sitting. The standard Verado power steering


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