Rayglass CEO Dave Larsen says the substantial increase in Australian sales has been driven largely by the Protector’s reputation for the highest quality.
"The buyers were all looking for a high end RIB that could travel a fair way offshore quickly, safely and with a high degree of comfort for those on board.
"Quality of build, good looks and a top class finish, both inside and out, were also very important.”
He says the most popular Protectors so far have been outboard-powered centre consoles in the 7.5-metre to 12.5-metre range.
"The Protectors’ incredible versatility has also been a strong selling point for us all over Australia,” he says. "For example, one Protector is being used primarily for pot hauling, another for fast fishing trips out to the Great Barrier Reef and another for cruising offshore to an outer island holiday home in Western Australia.”
Manufactured in Auckland at Rayglass’s state-of-the-art facility in Mt Wellington, Protectors are internationally renowned as the world’s best RIBs.
As well as being very popular in New Zealand and Australia, they can also be found in most parts of the globe: Europe, the United States, Scandinavia, Russia, Asia and throughout the Pacific.
The Protectors high build quality and ability to travel quickly, safely and comfortably in virtually any conditions has seen them successfully employed around the world: as patrol and rescue boats, as support vessels for international yacht racing teams, as fast pleasure cruisers and sports fishing boats, and as superyacht tenders.