My name is Alan Thorne. I am an experienced boatbuilder, instructor and sailor. I am commited to producing excellent craft, quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. I am the Director of The Purifier Yacht and Dinghy Co. Ltd., which is based in Faversham, situated just five minutes from Junction 6 on the M20, with high-speed rail links to London and Europe, and not least: at the head of Faversham Creek off The Swale/Thames Estuary on the North Kent coast. In 2016, we became the Foldable RIB (FRIB) Dealer for Kent, Sussex and Essex.

Why FRIBs? For some years, we have been building small boats - especially craft that are lightweight and can be taken apart to store more conveniently. These boats make great tenders for yachts. They are much better than the inflatable boats that many yachtsmen use (and complain about!). In 2016 I discovered the Foldable RIB and was impressed indeed! There's no comparison between a rigid V-bottomed RIB and a rubber inflatable (often known as a 'flubber'). Performance, speed and stability are in a different league altogether. But a normal RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) won't fold up! It takes up a lot of space and will need a road trailer to transport it. Enter the FOLDABLE RIB! As a boat builder and regular boat user, I immediately saw the many advantages of a folding RIB and was hugely impressed by the build quality, ease of inflation/deflation, transportation (in the boot of a car etc) and performance on the water.

We are therefore delighted to be able to recommend the unique Foldable RIB and are able to supply and support customers (and trade) from our base in Faversham.