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The Triton will kick off the holiday season on Dec. 7 networking with Sirocco Marine, exclusive U.S. dealer of Brig rigid inflatable boats. Yacht captains, crew and industry professionals are invited to the company’s new warehouse in Dania Beach, Fla., from 6-8 p.m. for our first-Wednesday-of-the-month event.

Until then learn more from CEO and owner Boyd Tomkies.

Tell us about Sirocco Marine / Brig Inflatables.
Sirocco Marine does things differently. In keeping with the high quality brands that we represent, our customer service and after-sales support is what sets us apart. We have repeat clients over many years, across different models.

We represent Brig inflatable boats. Brig is the world’s largest producer of rigid inflatable boats. This has been achieved through Brig’s unwavering commitment to research and development, its use of superior materials, a range of more than 30 models, excellent resale value and global client loyalty.

What’s the relationship between Sirocco and Brig?
Sirocco Marine is the exclusive U.S. dealer for Brig inflatables. We are a Brig warehouse and retail location where we carry between 40 and 90 boats in stock, at all times, from 8 to 33 feet in length.

Why buy an inflatable?
Consumers are moving toward inflatables in big numbers, and it’s easy to see why. In Europe, inflatable boats are the most popular form of tender and runabout, greatly exceeding fiberglass and aluminum.

With more buoyancy, you can load more people and more cargo with more safety. When traveling across choppy seas, the side tubes cushion the effects of the swell for a soft, dry ride. With lighter weight than a comparable-sized aluminum or fiberglass boat, inflatable boats require less towing power on the road, and less outboard power on the water. That means less fuel consumption with more fun.

What is the secret of these craft?
They are incredibly well-designed and -crafted RIBs that prove, just because it’s inflatable doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The Brig boats are designed and built in Ukraine by a team of ex-military aeronautical engineers. They have applied the same exacting standards and cutting edge technology to building RIBs.

Brig insists on using only premium quality materials such as Hypalon. The company has painstakingly perfected manufacturing processes for precision assembly with neater fit and finish, boat after boat.

Not only is it the European leader in quality, but it’s also the sales leader in inflatable boats. Tens of thousands of Brigs are produced every year for consistent quality and greater value.

How did you get into this field?
I made the transition from managing sail and race boat programs and professional yacht racing to inflatables 10 years ago when my first child was born. It allowed me to stay at home.

Who will yacht crew work with when they contact Sirocco?
They will work directly with me, along with support from Dana Shriver-Munsch.

You carry a broad range of product. Tell us about those.
Brig inflatables range from a 9-foot tiller-steer dinghy up through 33-foot luxury RIBs that can be used as a personal vessel or tow-behind tender. Brig carries breadth of product that will fit any possible boating need.

The Falcon range is designed to be a lightweight and stylish tender. The Navigator range has been designed and built with adventure in mind; it is a cross-over concept that appeals to those who want to challenge the elements. The flagship Eagle range is the pinnacle of luxury inflatables.

How should crew care for their inflatables?
Like any hard-sided tender, the boat should be washed down and the engine flushed after each use. If the RIB will be stored on deck, it’s advisable to keep it under a storage cover. Once a month, we recommend wiping down the tubes with 303 Marine. It will help to condition the tubes, just like a wax will for your car.

What trends are you seeing in tenders?
We see more and more tenders being used as tow-behinds, rather than on deck, stored tenders.

For more information, contact Boyd Tomkies at +1 954 692-8333, mobile +1 410 212-3214, or boyd@siroccomarine.com. Join us for Triton Networking at 1946 Tigertail Blvd., Dania Beach (33004). See more on www.siroccomarine.com.

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