Running at 40-plus mph in a short, 2-foot chop isn’t usually comfortable, but BRIG’s Eagle 780 RIB did so with amazing ease. Its 7.8-meter length (25 feet 9 inches) bridged three to four waves at once, while its deep-V hull (23-degree deadrise at transom, flowing to 38 degrees forward) cleaves them open. And this RIB’s 2-foot diameter Hypalon tubes absorb whatever impact there is when the hull comes down while also knocking down spray. At speeds in the 20s, our test boat rode through the chowder like a Bentley. Meanwhile, the tubes, which just kiss the water astern while at rest, ensure super-gentle motion on the drift. Aboard this boat, it’s easy to see why first responders and law-enforcement agencies often choose a RIB.