Diesel Center Console Launched

We are proud to announce the launching of our new diesel inboard center console line. With the heart of the platform in the form of a 6.6L Duramax Diesel putting out 500HP, and delivering the power through a Hamilton waterjet. At just under 6,300 lbs wet, the incredible power to weight ratio allows the boat to achieve sprint speeds in excess of 50 MPH. 

This is one of the first of many following high profile aluminum RIB's that will change the way the marine industry looks at RIB's. That is because it incorporates our new hybrid collar technology. With 20% air and 80% foam in the collar, your senses will tell you this is a typical inflatable. But the zipper running the whole length of the collar is a giveaway there is more to this boat. The zipper system gives the user ultimate control over servicing the collar. It is a game changer for the amount of control it gives the user in the event the separate, internal bladder is compromised. Because the other collar materials only protect the internal bladder from abrasion and UV rays, the lifespan of the collar itself is increased far beyond a conventional RIB. 

Also incorporated into the platform are the latest military grade suspension seats from Shockwave. The S3 mid back drop down seats incorporate 8" of suspension via Fox Float H2O shocks. And with the optional seat height adjustment package and drop down bolster seat, they allow the user to have the ultimate comfort in either a seated or standing position. 

While the displacement might be identical to your on road GMC pickup this engine has been massaged to give more power and handle the harsh marine environment. Coupled to a ZF transmission with optional push-button transmission selection and a drive line from Portland Drives lines, this power plant is incredibly quite and responsive. With one of the most remarkable aspects of the engine being its fuel economy, cruise on the platform seams to be around 32 mph while burning approx. 13 gallons/hr. 

 

 

Performance Diesel VGT-500

Performance Diesel VGT-500

Other fun features of the boat include the twin 7,000 lumen LED flood lights from PTLX, the electronically actuated windscreen, 5 ton flush mounted pick points, and Aquatrac PVC laminated foam decking. 

Boat Characteristics

Speed: .............................................  50MPH W/ 500HP 6.6L Duramax 

Hull Lengths Available: ................  28' 

Beam with Collar: .........................  10'-6" Inflated, 10' Road Width

Deadrise at Transom: ...................  22 Degrees

Deadrise at Entry: .........................  48 Degrees

All Aluminum Construction: .......  Alloy 5086 H116

Fuel Capacity: ................................  85 Gallons

 

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Living Up to The Name of Life Proof Boats

100% Foam Collar - It can handle whatever you come across. 

100% Foam Collar - It can handle whatever you come across. 

A lot of people see our boats and think that the collar around the boat is filled with air. It is not their fault, because most manufactures that put collars on their boats use air. Under low pressure, the air is put into bladders which are usually glued and sometimes mechanically fastened to the hull. Because of their inherent loss of flotation and stability if the collar were cut or ruptured they are required by the USCG to be segmented into multiple chambers so that if one fails, the boat won’t lose too much buoyancy. The concept works and has been a staple for many years in certain applications. 

But the USCG for the past 15 years has found a better technology, Foam Collars. They have found that they are more durable, remove the concern of puncturing or losing air, add more stability and are easier to repair or service. 

Life Proof Boats was founded under the principle of giving the recreational industry the safest platform we can. That is why we are a little obsessed with Foam. Just to be clear this is not the foam you find protecting your new TV when you pull it out of the box, or the two part mixed foams that other manufactures inject below their decks. Those foams hold water. Even the foams you have been told are closed cell and are injected under the decks of other builders will hold water over time. They are only closed cell at first formation when rigid. Over time as the boat stresses and shutters with stress as it is used, the foam cells crack and open allowing water to enter them. They also are not as resilient to fossil fuels or nitro methane products as the foams we use. We use closed cell polyethylene foam. 

FAST

Here at IMS, we are working on new collar technologies that will advance the industry. We have established a brand around this technology called FAST. It stands for Foam Air Stabilized Technologies. Our new foam, air, or foam/air hybrid collar systems are revolutionizing the industry. Mated with our patented collar attachment and installation systems, installation, removal, or repair of the collar will be smooth and easy. FAST has the ability to provide 100% foam, 100% air, or foam/air hybrid systems with any ratio of foam or air depending on your application. Our system also allows you to change the ratio of air to foam in the future by simply changing out the air bladder.
 

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