America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) in San Diego will be utilizing HBI 30 RIBs as their VIP Guest Experience spectator boats when the AC 45 catamarans race there in November. The America’s Cup World Series San Diego, November 16-20, will be the first America’s Cup World Series event to be hosted in the United States.
The HBI 30 is designed and built by Hunt Yachts (Portsmouth, RI) to be a luxury tender and sport boat for use in demanding conditions, precisely what is found when serving as a spectator boat for the astonishingly fast AC 45 catamarans. HBI (Hard Bottom Inflatables) of Noank, CT, is providing the HBI 30’s, continuing a tradition they established in 1992 of America’s Cup service when their craft supported America3. Featuring the unique ‘wide body’ stance of every Hunt-designed HBI, the HBI 30 has enough interior room to accommodate a much larger number of passengers in great comfort than the typical RIB.
The classic Hunt Deep-V hull gives the boat a smoother and drier ride, making the VIP experience more satisfying for the passengers.