Originally Posted by codprawn
Well Alan Priddy would surely know what he is on about - he does have a little "experience"!!!
I've tried to fight this but I can't..............
Alan's right of course although more for an open boat than a cabin rib which he did manage sink in the end
However for a leisure RIB a consequence of having the thing completely full of water is probably your electrics shorting out (unless your battery is mounted high up), possibly making everything live, and possibly knocking out your engine through flooding. That then turns a bad situation worse with the potential for a combination of incidents to spiral into a situation that leads to needing to be rescued.
Open transoms are the thing if you are workingin extreme conditions like the ocean dynamics boats do, but not really the thing for the average ribster. Apart from the bother of getting your feet wet everytime you slow down and get overtaken by your wash, you'll be forever losing things over the transom such as keys, handhelds, phones upto and including passengers!