Among The Dragon Lines
- 2 x weapon mount (standard, external, flexible, manual) front
- weapon mount (heavy, external, flexible, manual) rear
- 401k has not modified these yet
Actual Text: Rigger 5.0 p82
The rigid inflatable boat, or RIB, is rarely referred to as
such thanks to Zodiac and a contract with the U.S. military
dating back to the last century. Zodiac was the
brand, but the name stuck to every other RIB, and right
now their Scorpio line is my personal favorite. There are
other brands out there, but they all chase after Zodiac
for the next innovation in RIB technology.
The Scorpio line is so named for the three mount
points—two forward and one rear—usually referred to as
claws and stinger by those who use this boat frequently.
These aren’t traditional mounts, as the Scorpio is designed
to be hauled deflated to take up as little space
as possible. Instead the mounts are little more than extendable
rods that are connected to the craft’s onboard
sensors and help to compensate for the movement of
the boat. Use of the mounts requires a mount clip to be
added to any weapon, but the same clip can be quickly
fitted for any weapon as it is basically a rubber strap with
a mounting pin to connect to the rod. Simple and easily
adapted—more reason to love the Scorpio.
The Scorpio is small—only four meters long, and the
last half-meter houses its pair of motor mounts. It only
has one seat, the pilot’s, mounted on the right side behind
the small control station. Zodiac was one of the first
to offer VR controls and adaptation for riggers, and now
they offer AR controls on every new model. The manual
controls are usually still there, but those folks who
have way more trust in electronics than I can have them
removed. The Scorpio offers a bench seat option for behind
the pilot, but everyone else will be taking a knee or
sitting on the deck.
Weapons and control options are great, but what
separates Zodiac from other RIB makers is speed and
maneuverability. Motor options for the Scorpio run from
mundane to ridiculous, with the latter often causing more
problems than it could ever solve, though there is a notable
exception. You can lose a motor and still have a backup
with serious power. Zodiac crafted their boats with
that in mind—you’re not supposed to run both of them, as
that could create too much lift and flip your boat.
Maneuverability on the Scorpio is managed by an
available 360 degrees of rotation for the props rather
than a rudder or the standard 180 degrees of rotation.
The Scorpio can turn 360 degrees in place, make razor-
sharp turns at speed, and even pull some moves that
folks usually only see on the trid. These flashy moves
usually require the rigger adaptation and a skilled rigger.
They’re also best performed either in an empty boat or
with a fully aware crew, because they frequently toss a
rider in the water.