Originally Posted by Polwart
Someone who knows more about racing will be along shortly - but it strikes me that what we consider a good rib in the UK usually = deep V so less efficient use of HP than most "ski boats" - therefore you'll not go as fast. I can't see the main advantages of a RIB being a priority in conditions where you want to tow a skier at 60+ mph - presumably that needs fairly good sea conditions for the skier.
Well exactly, thats my point, it is very rare in the uk to get waters which would allow flat out all the time. If it was a completely flat race for the whole hour, i couldnt see us being able to keep up. My main reasons for wanting a rib, compared to a hard boat are
i previously had a ring 18 with a 225 promax, and as much as it was very fun and very fast, the ride wasnt great.
i also like using my boat for fun too, and like watersking, wakeboarding etc, i find you have alot more storage for equipment and passengers on a rib too.
lastly, after skiing behine a few ribs, i do find that in rougher water, the tubes do seem to flatten the wake a bit more making it easier to ski behind.
if i was lake racing/river racing and knew the water would always be flat, i wouldnt consider it, but considering 90% of the races are done offshore, i think, think being the important word here, a rib could be a viable option