Pete, I have thought a little whether your views should be replied to, as I try to steer clear of personal thoughts on "the best boat" "the best RIB" as I have seen many comments from ribnet users who have strong opinions on a variety of RIBs and nothing I could do or say would change their minds and this is their right and I would not challenge personal views.
The issues you raise would also concern me if I saw any boat that appeared unfit for use in any format- you have singled out commercial use and as you will see/know I operate RIBs commercially based on the Solent (so not big seas as I would expect you to experience of Skye). I also do not know where your friend intended to operate or in which commercial arena.
I have used their boats commercially for seven years and each RIB has been inspected and coded to MCA agreed standards by a very well qualified surveyor who is presently the lead in the surveyors association.
I note you went along with a friend to view an 8 metre RIBEYE- Ribeye to my knowledge dont make an 8 metre Ribeye
or was that just a generalisation?
I will of course accept that there are good boats used for commercial/charter and the users generally selects a model/make to suit their environment and of course the use requirement. I would hope the craft you inspected was a poor example but to generalise is a shame as you will see that all craft have good and bad examples and certainly the ones I am using have been exemplary for my charter operations. As a member of the Professional Charter Association PCA I am also involved in promoting good practice and safety for everyone involved in charter work (yachts, Cruisers, RiBS) and I was even present yesterday to help a colleague collect a new 785 Ribeye which will be used for charter operations on the south coast.
I also identified a recent ad that had a Ribeye involved Anyone on here?
that RIB was an old boat and in my opinion was no longer fit for commercial work so I am not biased to one make despite liking and enjoying the boats I use almost daily.
The team at Ribeye have in my opinion remained professional and are continually developing craft from feedback given. Perhaps if the craft you inspected has these horrendous problems then please communicate to Ribeye so maybe they can have a voice here.