Fibreglass Ariel for Rib
I have just purchased an Icom M323 for my rib, 5m and now need to decide on the best ariel. I have no A frame and was thinking of a Fibreglass Ariel mounted to the Transom, maybe a Glomax or Shakespeare.
Speaking to a Yacht Chandlers near me, I was told that the fibreglass ones can snap on a rib in heavy weather, does anyone have any experience of this. Further, I was advised to purchase a regular stainless 1m ariel ( a V-tronix rib raider was recommended) and transom mount, as there would be no significant difference on range. Again any views on this?
My cruising area is the River Crouch and Blackwater, rarely more than 6 miles from land and I believe not that far from the Coastguard stations in case of an emergency call. Again any advise would be welcome