Dutch boatbuilder is expanding its portfolio with a 13m vessel. Ribbon Yachts is also working on the design of a larger model. Details of the new R158 are yet to be revealed.


Dutch boatbuilder Ribbon Yachts has announced that a new 13m yacht is on the making. The new R45XC is scheduled to touch the water in October on the Caribbean island of St Barths.

The new 13m model is a compact, fast supply vessel and designed to suit for multiple purposes including transporting, fishing, diving, or cruising.

The Ribbon R45XC uses the same underwater body as the Ribbon R45, “which has very suitable sea gaining characteristics and makes this bruiser fast, easy manoeuvrable and extremely comfortable at sea,” Stephen van den Berg, Ribbon president and founder, explains.

Based in Medemblik, Ribbon Yachts builds small series models and one-off projects. Van den Berg told IBI that the company is currently producing the R45XC and the Ribbon R27. “At the Conyplex atelier in Medemblik, the Netherlands, we do the engineering and total construction process,” he notes adding that the Dutch firm Vripack contributes with the design of the Ribbon portfolio.

The Ribbon R45XC is fitted with Mercury Verado six-cylinder outboard engines.

“The six-cylinder Verado delivers an amazing driving experience, superior reliability, jaw-dropping power and acceleration, an the quietest, smoothest ride ever produced by an outboard,” Ribbon’s boss comments.

The first two production Ribbons 45XC are equipped with triple Mercury Verado six-cylinder 400Rhp with a performance speed of 40k-plus. Lighter and dual configurations are also possible.

In addition, Ribbon Yachts has revealed to IBI that it’s further expanding its portfolio with the addition of Ribbon R158. Details of this project, however have not been disclosed.