Summerville, S.C. – June 22, 2018 – Z Marine North America (Zodiac Nautic), a subsidiary of world-leading inflatable and Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) manufacturer Z Nautic Group (Zodiac), is proud to announce the launch of the new Zodiac OPEN 5.5 in the Americas. The versatile, 17’7″ RIB made its debut today at an exclusive, day-long media event in greater Charleston, S.C., home to the facility where Zodiac RIBS are assembled in America.

An adventurer-style Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) with sleek lines, the new OPEN 5.5 offers a perfectly ergonomic cockpit and an exceptional reinforced deep-V hull, with control and stability even in rough conditions.

“The Open 5.5 fully expresses Zodiac’s DNA. Its versatility makes it a unique concept, matched nowhere else on the market, in line with its new slogan: ‘Keep Exploring’,” said Dominique Heber-Suffrin, CEO of the Zodiac Nautic Group.

“With its highly stable hull and tube, the OPEN 5.5 offers comfort and extra-large cargo storage. Its versatility and performance make this RIB well-suited for a variety of activities, including fishing, diving, water-skiing and cruising,” said Zodiac Nautic North America President Gary Durnan. “This is a real Swiss-Army knife of a boat.’

Offering an unbeatable combination of Zodiac legacy and innovation, it marks the advent of the new generation of the OPEN range from Zodiac Nautic.

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OPEN 5.5 Specifications

Length overall 5,40m – 17’7″
Inside length 4,22m – 13’8”
Width overall 2,54m – 8’4″
Inside width 1,39m – 4’7″
Tube diameter 0.575m -1’11”
Total weight 585kg-1,290 lbs.
Airtight compartments 5
Max outboard power 97kW-130hp
Passengers 12

About Zodiac

For 120 years, Zodiac has been making every moment on the water an unforgettable adventure. With extensive production, distribution and customer service operations worldwide, Zodiac is the world’s largest and oldest manufacturer of RIBs, inflatable boats, life rafts and safety equipment. With over 1 million boats sold, Zodiac is positioned and ready to help you Keep Exploring!