After 14 years in the superyacht industry, Captain Jonathan Edgar has teamed up with father Phil Edgar to launch a line of custom RIBs for superyachts, combining the needs of the crew with custom perfection for the owner.
“I’ve always been interested in tenders and RIBs, and my dad’s retired but has always built boats for pleasure, so I thought I’d tap into his talent and bring a bit of European styling back to New Zealand,” Captain Edgar tells The Crew Report.
Currently the captain of a 30m Wally and with the owner just about to sign on the dotted line for a 41m, Captain Edgar will be following the construction of the owner’s new yacht while taking on new RIB company JP RIBs.
- Captain Jonathan Edgar, co-owner, JP RIBs
So often in the industry complaints arise surrounding the lack of someone’s experience at sea. But not in this case. “I just want to put things in the right place, where guests need it, and make sure that a lot more detail goes into the wiring side of things as well as the construction, to make sure it’s easy for crew to do maintenance on the tender,” Captain Edgar explains.
The new company has an 8.5m range that will be expanding to 9.5m and is also working on a 4.5m to 6m range. However the key message here is ‘custom’. “We want to meet the captains and speak about what their clients like, whether they like a tender for wakeboarding or one that can keep them dry. We want to do all the bespoke stuff, where the tender matches the colour of the hull and the seating and upholstery inside the tender matches what they’ve got on the aft deck of the yacht, so it’s really clear that this tender matches this superyacht.”
Captain Edgar will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, taking place at the start of November, and hopes to have a model RIB on show at next year’s Monaco Yacht Show.