Originally Posted by BeetleBug
I hope it is ok for the thread owner that we`re going a bit off topic.
First off, I do suspect you do not build what I call a average tupperware bucket. The weather have been really nice this summer but also windy. With the wind we have waves and so much so that I would never have considered a trip with your average tupperware bucket. Of course it would not sink but it would not have been a very pleasant ride for the people on board. A rib is safer (as you say yourselves) and in most cases softer and certainly a lot drier.
A bit on the side.... guess which type of boat won this year Skagerak Accross and who came in on second place.. and third:
As above apologies to the original poster!
Taking your last comment first, I know very well that a Goldfish RIB won the event and a British "Gordon" made RIB second, having said that most of the competition was high powered American and they just aren't made for European conditions and hard style of driving. To be honest I don't know the make up of the entire fleet so that's all I know. Certainly the Fountain was a great example of a mass produced boat made for flat conditions. I have been on quite a few wet RIBs and dry hard boats so I see that as a generalization as well.
Going back to your other comment - I didn't say RIB was safer, I said a hard boat is just as safe with the addition of some buoyancy which many have. You can make any hull harder or softer by altering the profile of the boat - wide US style boats are oftern a hard ride, but European style boats are often a similar Vee to European style RIBs (funny that) giving a similar ride.
Looking at German and Scandinavian Poker Run photos there do seem to be plenty of big power US boats that are a rarity in the UK due to our prevailing weather conditions - they break!