Tauranga 41

The PROTECTOR TAURANGA 41 Rigid Inflatable Hard Bottom Boat incorporates the best of our 38′ hull but with additional seating options and larger rear deck.  Built for owners who wanted more options for entertaining including sunbed bow squab and a variety of seating and table options on the spacious rear deck.

Designed for tough luxury in any sea conditions, the PROTECTOR TAURANGA 41 Rigid Inflatable Hard Bottom Boat 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 41 Rigid Inflatable Hard Bottom Boat 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 41′ Rigid Inflatable Hard Bottom Boat is a supremely-equipped, high-speed, ultra-comfortable adventure boat with performance handling for the ultimate all-day on-the-water adventures.

The PROTECTOR TAURANGA 41 Rigid Inflatable Hard Bottom Boat 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.


Tauranga RHIB Specifications

Length Overall: 41’

Hull Length: 39’

Waterline Length: 36’5”

Beam Inflated: 12′

Beam Deflated: 10’4”

Draft: 25 inches with average load

Weight: approx 15,000 lbs with motors, 17,500 lbs fully loaded with fuel & equip

Fuel Capacity: 250 gallons

Deadrise (aft/fwd): 18/57

Max Horsepower: Triple 400 HP Yamaha outboards / Twin Inboard Diesel

Person Capacity: 15

Top Speed: 58 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

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”x30”Wx8”H storage cubbies

Blue Sea Systems 12-unit fuse panel with clear view cover

¾ crew locker outboard of Helmsperson and navigator seats

Two 6’ padded bunks with 3/4 shelf along port and stbd bulkheads

Two 80”X10.5”X15”deep low-volume storage compartments below port and stbd forward bunks

Two 31” X 11”X15”deep low-volume storage compartment below port and stbd aft bunks

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

Two accessory 12-volt power receptacles

Anti-corrosion sealant and marine grade shrink tube on all electrical connectors

Hydraulic steering

Compass w/ backing light

Two fire extinguishers

Two-speed Imtra wipers with freshwater wash

12V Refrigerator

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

Maxwell auto anchor system with dash control unit

Side Power electric bow thruster with joystick control mounted on dash

Lenco commercial trim tabs – auto retract gauge

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


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

Extra 316 SS grab rails on external/internal surfaces

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 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