Tauranga 38'


Designed for tough luxury in any sea conditions, the Protector Tauranga 38′ RIB vessel features a more spacious cabin layout, expanded interior and seating options, fully enclosed standing head and a multitude of entertainment and passenger comforts. Precision handling, stability, and speed that is the signature of all PROTECTOR boats, the Tauranga 38′ RIB provides any time boating pleasure, even in unfavorable weather conditions. Custom built with Protector’s high-quality precision craftsmanship for the most discerning yachtsmen, the Protector’s Tauranga 38′ RIB is a supremely-equipped, high-speed, ultra-comfortable adventure boat with performance handling for the ultimate all-day on-the-water adventures.

The Tauranga 38′ RIB includes our latest design implementation; a new Hydro-V hull design that extends the V of the hull all the way to the transom.  The new Hydro-V improves the ride quality of the larger Protectors while at the same time giving the bigger boats a more agile and responsive feel similar to the rest of our fleet.

This boat is awesome, The hull is phenomenal in chop and in turns and instills complete confidence regardless of the conditions, and trust me I’ve put it to the test!


Tauranga RIB Specifications

Length Overall: 38’6”
Waterline Length: 33’5”
Beam Inflated: 12′
Beam Deflated: 10’4”
Weight: approx 12,500 lbs with motors, 14,500 lbs fully loaded with fuel & equip
Fuel Capacity: 250 gallons
Deadrise (aft/fwd): 18/57
Max Horsepower: Triple 350 HP outboards / Twin Inboard Diesels
Person Capacity: 15
Top Speed: 60 MPH

Tauranga Sponsons

PROTECTOR Hypalon sponson with Armour Guard chafe resistant rub rails and nose cone
Chambers: 7
Standard Colors: Black, Dark Grey, Red, Yellow, Dark Blue, White
Rescue line (black) along entire length of each sponson
4 Grab handles on aft end of rear sponsons
Port and stbd grab handles on bow sponson
Sponson pressure gauge

Tauranga Cabin

Proprietary Protector wrap-around windshield w/ weather-tight side slide windows.
Extra wide soft rider pedestal seats for Helmsperson and Navigator
Non-skid EZ access walk around cabin sidesteps for easy access to bow and stern
Watertight storage compartment under side steps
Dual wide dash displays for Helmsperson and Navigator
Three overhead red/white LED dome lights
Port and stbd aft quarter seats
Two 12” SS cabin edge handrails
Two 9” SS overhead cabin handrails
58” SS side cabin grab rail
Two curved house roof rails 76”
U Shaped 6 point SS cabin top grab rail
Two 22” x 30” W x 8” H storage cubbies
Blue Sea Systems 12-unit fuse panel with clear view cover
¾ crew locker outboard of Helmsperson and navigator seats
Two 80” X 10.5” X 15” deep low-volume storage compartments below port and stbd forward bunks
Two 31” X 11” X 15” deep low-volume storage compartment below port and stbd aft bunks
Two cabin side steps with interior storage
Outer cabin and walk-around Safe-T 316 SS handrails
Forward cabin Safe-T 316 SS handrail system
Two watertight quarter seat console hatches for major electronics
Fully enclosed finished head area with electric toilet, sink, linen storage and 6’ standing room
Forward full bench seating
Lockable cabin washboards

Tauranga Accessories

12-volt power receptacle
Anti-corrosion sealant and marine grade shrink tube on all electrical connectors
Compass w/ backing light
LED Navigation & anchor lights
Lifeline Group 24 engine batteries (one for each motor)
Lifeline Group 36 house battery
BEP Battery switches on both Lifeline Group 24 batteries w/ dual voltage sensitive relay modules
BEP Emergency battery parallel switch
Two-speed Imtra wipers with freshwater wash
House battery voltmeter
Four courtesy lights on rear deck
Two courtesy lights on bow
Full Canvas Package: Vertical drop, Storage back and forward bench cover
Lenco commercial trim tabs – auto retract gauge

Tauranga Hull & Deck

1” solid hand-laid fiberglass hull with exclusive Protector High-Impact hull design
Proprietary sponson cutouts for sponson integration into hull
Solid 4 stringer system
Port and stbd self-bailing scupper caps
Port and stbd 2.5” self-bailing water drains fwd deck
6 performance strakes / chines along hull
316 SS bow towing eye
Self-draining anchor locker
2000 GPH manual bilge pump & 1100 GPH auto-bilge pump
Non-skid decks featuring rubber sure-foot flooring system
Port and stbd watertight aft lockers for mounting independent remote engine systems
Port and stbd watertight amidship lockers
Non-skid gunnel walking rails atop sponsons
Two 8” Stainless retractable cleats on stern quarters
Fixed Electric head with 15 Gallon Sewage Holding Tank
Port and stbd rubber non-skid transom steps
Rear swim/entry platform with stainless steel swim ladder
Forward Stainless Sampson Post
Forward anchor locker
43”W X 36”D forward storage Compartment in Bow

Tauranga Fuel

Pressure tested 250 gallon SS fuel tank
Port and stbd fueling stations
Longitudinal and transverse baffles in fuel tank
Dual fuel tank pickups
Dual Racor water separators with see-through bowl (1 per motor)
Removable WEMA fuel sender for fuel tank cleaning and inspection


STIDD Shock Mitigating Captain Chairs
Integrated L-Bench Seat with Extended Cruiser Top
Split Rear Luxury Bench Seating with middle bench seat insert
Maxwell Under Bow Auto Anchoring with Windlass
Teak Flooring
Stainless Steel lifting points / Stainless Steel Towing Eyes
On board charging system, 30AMP Shore Power, Inverter
Second GPS Chartplotter at Guest Helm
Stowable teak table and aluminum pedestal
Custom Arch for spotlights or additional electronics on cabin top
PROTECTOR Stainless Steel heavy duty 6-Point cabin top arch
Underwater accent lights at transom
Courtesy lights at helm, rear deck, and cabin top
Webasto 7000 BTU forced diesel heating system
Mooring or Storage Tube Covers
Stainless steel boarding ladder that clips to engine protection bars
Power Assisted hydraulic steering for Yamaha Outboards
Middle beach insert for luxury rear bench seat
26 Gallon Freshwater system with rear deck shower