I saw a bunch of rather posh twin engine Protectors running around Newport, RI last week, during the NYYC Regatta. They had discrete signage on them: www.supportboats.com
. I just looked at the site... For a mere $1000 USD per day, plus $250 for captain, plus fuel, dockage, food and misc expenses, you and four of your friends can putter around your big dollar racing yacht!
To think, I was doing the same in my my 20 year old bargain basement Searider!
Well, at least until the 26 year old motor died (again!) and I had to borrow some run down, fat old RIB that handled horribly. Could not tell you what it was. The only thing it had going for it was a bit more beam and interior space than the SR, more room for the two kids and the big dog. And it ran! But I really wanted my RIB back after two days in that beast. I must get the old outboard sorted or get a new one donated.
And I think I need to find a new wife who can support me in the lifestyle in which I would like to become accustomed! One who will ride the captained RIB while I sail the Farr 40 or Swan 60.
RIBs are getting notably more popular around Newport it seems. Not quite as prevelent as I recall on the Solent, but certainly moving in the right direction.