FrontRunners: Sea Fairer
Rigid inflatable boats are known best for their utility in rescue or military missions. But for years Oakland, Calif.–based Protector has been offering comfortable models for recreational boaters. Its latest, the Protector Tauranga 38 (www.protectorboats.com), is its most inviting. Built in New Zealand by Rayglass Boats, the 38 features twin cabin sleeping bunks, a stand-up head, and optional teak flooring, as well as a wave-cutting fiberglass hull and a heavy-duty inflatable collar. The optional triple 350 hp Yamaha engine configuration yields a 300-mile range and 60 mph top speed. Equipped with all the options, the 38 costs nearly $500,000.