VSR 5.8C


The only and one

...Where all began...


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.


    A very high and thin bow cut pierces waves like butter, keeping you cushy and dry


    The narrowest hull of our production, not designed for lateral stability but for the best comfort when riding straight against waves


    The 5.8c is designed by a professional for professionals. Definitively not a boat for faint of hearth.


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.

High quality materials, long durability

Vinylester infused resin for Hull, Deck and Console

Tubes made by Orca 828 Hypalon by Pennel & Flipo, 1100 dtex, 1300 gr/m2

AISI 316 Stainless Steel custom made parts

Heavy duty options available

Orca 866 Heavy Duty Hypalon, 1670 dtex, 1500 gr/m2

Double hypalon patches for skiff coaching

Double protection on bow attachment

Waterlines designed for maximum comfort in choppy seas

Very good steering capabilities

Unbeatable comfort when sailing upwind at 15-20 knots speeds

Suggested engine 60Hp

Note: a quite experienced driver is required to fully exploit its potential

Coaches-focused rib

Slender and at the same time plenty of room on the sides to host mainsails

Very good stability in rest position and incredible smooth wave passing capabilities

Extended fuel tank option for increased autonomy

Lightest construction easy load / unload operations

Central jockey seat and console with rationale organization

Carefully crafted distances of steering wheel, seat and backrest for optimal driving position

Console with top box compartment for small item and battery charger, right top box hatch for camera, documents and small luggage, eft bottom hatch for easy access to battery compartment

Mandatory kill cord to be worn at all time when driving this rib

Full personalization of the boat available

Personalized color of hull, deck and tubes

Long list of options from where to chose from

Custom stainless steel parts and special installation on request

Realization of any logos, flags, sponsors overimposed in Hypalon material


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.


Technical specifications


LOA - Overall Length

5.78 m

HL - Hull Length

5.46 m

Beam max

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

142 cm

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




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