The new 10.5-metre Protector has been designed to fill the gap between the popular 8.5-metre and 12.5-metre RIBs.
It was developed, in part, to meet the needs of Protector’s superyacht clients.
"With deck room space at a premium, they were looking for something just as seaworthy and versatile as the 12.5, but a little smaller,” says Rayglass Protector’s Lyndsay Turner.
"We also wanted to be able to offer a diesel option, so the timing was great for that, too.”
The 1050 has been designed with versatility in mind. The boat is ideal for use as a dive tender, for towing a racing yacht or for transporting guests to and from a superyacht.
The 1050 is also a big volume RIB, not only longer than the 850, but 500mm wider, too, with a 3.6 metre inflated beam. This generosity of space has allowed Protector to fit the spacious superstructure from the far bigger Protector 1250 Cabin SL.
The hull is also quite different, with a shallower 18-degree deadrise at the transom, tapering back from a 55-degree variable entry at the bow.
Power options vary from multiple outboards to diesel or petrol sterndrives.
The first 1050 to be launched features twin Cummins/MerCruiser QSD 4.2, 320 hp engines and Bravo 2 drives.
It is a package that packs a punch: delivering a top speed of 37 knots at 3800 rpm. It is also an efficient, economical one, using just 37 litres per hour at 30 knots and only 34 litres per hour at 29 knots.
Other features of the new 1050 include a separate head/shower area, three day berths and a handy 200-litre built-in water tank.