yes , i got the impression also; as the deck and tubes were "stationary" while the console appeared to have a shock mitigating system.
Roy, glad you posted your side,as I must say it's always been a wash for the last several years.
We hear all the time of the RIB market expanding in the US and yet see very little of that on the west coast.
Ribcraft are doing their thing north East and I actually contacted them when I wanted to purchase my last RIB. (However the $3,000 shipping cost put me off )
I hear in Florida that Caribe and Apex are supplying the "fun Scene" down there.
Here in Southern CA ,I see more of the expensive Raider/Aquapro boats showing up,but way out of the price range of the average boater.
Same for the Hurricanes I'm afraid.
They fullfill the specialized needs of the " yacht clubs' - Vessel assist etc but way over priced and over spec'd for the casual weekend user.
In my opinion what is needed here is a mid size boat around the 5.5m range with a 90 to 115 on the back,but kitted out as a primary boat and not a tender. And made affordable! not in the $100 K + region.
Stick some pod seating (at least for the helm) and show people what fun/versatile /safe/economical and adaptable these boats can be.
Then you will start to build a confident customer base interested in upgrading.
I use mine as a photoboat/fishing/diving/tubing and generaly messing about
and is a great all around boat to tow.
Seems they can do it in the UK (where i ended up getting mine from ) but not over here.
Did you check out the London boat show photos by JK yet??
By the way, if you ever want some photos on the water;I would be more than happy to help out
I love anything inflatable(just dont tell the missus