Brig Navigator 610 Boat Test

This able Brig RIB by Sirocco Marine warrants attention.

Brig Navigator 610 running shot
LOA: 20' | Beam: 7'7" | Draft: 10" | Displacement: 1,250 lb. (approx.) | Transom Deadrise: 23 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 6'3" | Fuel Capacity: 32 gal. | Max Horsepower: 150 | Available Power: Single outboards between 75 and 150 hp | More Information: siroccomarine.comCourtesy Sirocco Marine

There’s a theme in ­European folklore about a magical pair of walking boots that allow the wearer to cover seven leagues (21 miles) at every stride. A friend likes to use that term to describe small boats with outsize capabilities. That’s the feel we had recently while running at 20 mph (3,500 rpm) over a washboard chop in the Navigator 610 from BRIG’s North American dealer, Sirocco Marine. With its Honda 90 and its combination of warped-V hull and 1-foot-8-inch-diameter tubes soaking up any impact from the waves, this 20-foot RIB felt like it could take us a whole lot more than seven leagues without breathing hard—or burning much fuel. Its calculated range at that speed is 32.6 leagues (228 miles), based on 90 percent of its 32-gallon tank. That’s quite a stride.

The Navigator 610 is a self-bailing, low-sided center-­console boat with more than a dozen handholds that can carry nearly a ton and a half of people and gear. Accommodations are basic but highly adaptable. BRIG dealers carry large parts inventories, with the ability to attach customized features such as fishing-rod racks or push-pole holders securely to the tubes with sophisticated adhesives. The 30-inch-wide console has plenty of flat space for flush-mounting electronics and adding features such as glove boxes and tackle storage. The double-wide cushioned seat in front of the console houses a cooler. The bow holds an anchor locker, with a roller on the square bow and a jam cleat for the rode. The SeaDek cushioned nonskid between the two seats offers solid, comfortable footing.

Brig Navigator 610 making a turn
The Brig Navigator 610 offers a soft, dry ride.Courtesy Sirocco Marine

The double helm seat converts quickly to a leaning post with flip-down bolsters. There’s a SeaDek footrest in the console base. Aft of the seat is more SeaDek, plus a double-wide seat in front of the transom, holding more storage, the battery and its cutoff switch, plus full access to the bilge beneath. The transom mounts a ­stainless-steel double arch that holds the stern light, a towing eye, and attachment points for other accessories.

Brig Navigator 610 beached
The Navigator 610 can easily run in skinny water.Courtesy Sirocco Marine

High Points

  • Easy towing: 1,780 pounds with engine and full tank—plus 800 pounds for a float-on trailer—means a full-size tow vehicle isn't required.
  • Combination of sharp, rigid bottom deadrise and large tubes provides a soft, dry ride in seas and great stability at rest.
  • BRIG dealers offer a wide range of accessories to customize the N610 for exploring, fishing and watersports.
Brig Navigator 610 overhead
The N610 can be customized for exploring, fishing and watersports.Courtesy Sirocco Marine

Low Points

  • Interior space is limited compared to a conventional center-console.
  • Tubes require regular cleaning and biannual application of "sunblock" to protect from UV rays. But tube life is 10 to 15 years, and they're replaceable.

Toughest Competitor
Zodiac's Pro 5.5 ($41,000 with a Yamaha 115 but no trailer) weighs about the same (1,325 pounds). It is 2 feet, 4 inches shorter but 9 inches wider with a 26-gallon fuel capacity. A conventional fiberglass center-console skiff with similar capabilities for comparison is Seaway's Sportsman 18 ($51,600 with a 70 hp Yamaha and trailer).

Price: $44,900 (with test power)

Available Power: Outboard

Brig Navigator 610 performance data
Brig Navigator 610 Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

How We Tested
Engine: 90 hp Honda outboard
Prop: 13.5" x 15" 3-blade aluminum
Gear Ratio: 2.33:1
Fuel Load: 32 gal.
Crew Weight: 360 lb.

Sirocco Marine - Annapolis, Maryland; 410-316-6490; siroccomarine.com