It was in the year 2000 in Sydney where Samo Potokar risked twice to capsize with his rib looking for his sailors outside Sydney bay during a squall. It had been just good luck he got ashore safe and sound. Back home, he had just one thought bouncing inside his head:
"I am never going to sail again in such a rib anymore. Sail coaches needs a safer rib for their job!"
... and that is where all began.
VSR 5.8C was designed for the sailors in sense of fulfilling specific needs of sailing coaches – who by definition are former sailors, to provide them with safe, dry and as stressless as possible working environment regardless of sea conditions.
Due to its unique hull shape with narrow and high bow riding a VSR 5.8C is the closest thing to steering a sailboat – steering experiences pay off especially when riding through rough sea with massive waves and strong winds where VSR 5.8C offers outstanding performance.
The VSR 5.8C is the #1 Choice of many top sailing coaches – this is not just coincidence.
Being a rib designed by a coach for coaching, all details follows this philosophy. A Very Slender Rib with plenty of room onboard, free sides for hosting rolled mainsails and tiller extensions plus options for tow post and extra storage boxes. Like other VSRs, the rib could be built in virtually infinite combinations of colors and options, so to let it be YOUR rib. Choose the color of tubes, deck and hull, then start adding tubes strakes and options as you prefer, reinforcing it where you need with double rubbers, more handles and so on. Only the original VSR console fits here due the narrow shape, with an optimized working place well thought in any detail. From oppies to 49ers, this is the only rib capable to carry over a coaching session in any weather conditions.
There is not much to say, all PROs knows what the 5.8c is capable of. She is the only boat capable to sail upwind straight against wave at speed in severe weather conditions. Suitable as coaching boat for fast classes and comfortable like no suspension seats can offer you. Not suitable for cruising with your family.
The question most manufacturers ask themselves when considering a new feature is whether it is necessary to include it in order to sell the boat. In the case of the VSR, we ask only whether its inclusion will make the boat safer, better or more convenient. That is why we have introduced literally hundreds or refinements since we started construction in 2004 and why we continue the process today. For that reason VSR ribs reserves the right to make changes to Specifications and equipment without notice.
LOA - Overall Length
HL - Hull Length
2.22 m (tubes inflated) / 1.82 m (tubes deflated)
Bare boat weight w/single seat & console
405 kg approx. (depending on installed options)
Height from bottom of the hull to top of steering wheel
Hull building details
Vacuum infusion moulded hull built using vinylester resin and quadraxial glass fibers
Vacuum infusion moulded deck, joint to hull with vinylester structural glue
Stern with additional reinforcements + unidirectional fibers and 26 mm marine plywood
Standard Orca 828 Hypalon by Pennel & Flipo, 1100 dtex, 1300 gr/m2
Optional Heavy duty Orca 866 Hypalon by Pennel & Flipo, 1670 dtex, 1500 gr/m2
6 separated air chambers, each with pressure relief valves
Standard flat rubbing strakes on sides and rubbing strake protection under the bow for chaff protection
Safety lines on tubes
Deck, console and seats
Vacuum infusion moulded console integrated in the deck
Central double jockey seat with handmade upholstery, including backrest
Coach hatch on top right side, battery hatch left side and wet hatch at the bottom
Standard controls on left side (right side upon request)
Internal under the deck fuel tank
Other standard accessories
Bow stainless steel protection and attach point
3 lifting points - 2 on stern, 1 on bow
Extra wichard on stern for towing attachment
Set-up for towing post (optional)
Stern bailer self draining tube
Speed (and fuel consumption)
(measured with full fuel tank and one person onboard)
Max 28 Knts, cruising 18 knots with 60Hp
*Features and specs can vary without notice